Aged 14 Alice volunteers with the Dengie Project Trusts Knightswood Centre every Saturday helping out at their older persons day centre to provide company to the visitors there.
Alice says “I started volunteering as part of my Duke of Edinburgh Award and enjoyed it so much I carried on, the Dengie Project Trust offered help to my step dad’s mum as she got older and she found it such a great support it was an obvious choice for me to help”
As well as regular volunteering Alice also recently supported the Trust through her studies when she set up a small business as part of her business studies course at school, making homemade sweets for sale she raised £50 and gave this as a donation to the Trust. Barbara Harris, an 84 year old who comes to the Knightswood Centre on a Saturday, describes Alice as willing to help always happy to take part in games and conversation.
Sharon Dodson of Dengie Project Trust said ‘Alice is an inspiration to all young people, she has been volunteering at the Knightswood Centre for the past three months chatting, playing board games and cards with our elderly clients. They really appreciate Alice and the time she gives to each of them. A lot of our clients are quite isolated and lonely so to have a young person come in just to spend half a day talking to them and listening to their life stories really boosts their self esteem and confidence. Not only does Alice volunteer here but she has also fund raised to help replace old board games which we very much appreciate. Volunteering is a great way to get to know people, learn something different and give back into the community and we are so grateful to all our volunteers that give up their time.’