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Volunteers can make a difference


Everyone volunteers for a different reason, so TLC volunteers are carefully matched with the right person. A visit from a TLC volunteer can make a huge difference to not only those who are in need, but also their family who look forward to a friendly face and someone to listen and help. Young or old, everyone can make a difference. Muriel aged 94 loves her visits from our youngest volunteer Jess who is 22. Jess lives in Alton and befriends and supports Muriel in Chawton. When she first met Jess, Muriel said "you can come again, I like you". Jess gives Muriel's daughter a break from looking after her Mum with dementia. Jess and Muriel like looking at photographs and talking about them and Muriel loves listening to Katherine Jenkins, so she and Jess have a singalong together. Once the weather is warmer, they are looking forward to having a walk into the village and visiting the pub or the tea shop in Chawton, near the beautiful home of Jane Austin.


A GRATEFUL THANK YOU

TLC Volunteer Val has befriending and supported Ken for just over two years, so it was so sad for her when he recently passed away. His family distributed this at the Celebration of Ken's life.

"Every week, for the last few years, a TLC volunteer called Val has visited Dad. Her visits were always a highlight of Dad's week and one of the few things he could still hold on to was his short term memory. Together Dad and Val did lots of different things - all designed to give enjoyment to Dad. So whether it was a pub lunch, a visit to Winchester or the D Day Museum in Portsmouth, a spot of gardening or a visit to Mum's grave, Val and the TLC Team brought Dad incalculable pleasure"

FRED's DAY OUT

TLC Volunteer from Farnborough, Tessa, visits Fred 87 in Cove, who has Dementia. During several of her visits he continuously expressed a strong desire to visit Carshalton to see where he grew up. Tessa decided that she would like to make his dream come true. So she organised a special day out. Part of TLC's fundraising initiative, there is some money put aside especially to give those receiving befriending and support a visit to family or a special day out. Tessa was slightly concerned he might be confused or agitated, but not a bit of it. Initially Fred did not recognise where he was but then when they got to his old house he recognised it and all his old memories came flooding back. He loved seeing the place and had a good look at the road and surrounding area. He was so happy to have his photo taken and did not seem to mind the long drive back.

He was so chuffed and grateful for his wonderful day out.



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