Volunteers receive a ‘Big Thank You’

Abbeyfield Scotland houses in the Stirling Council area took part in Volunteer Week 2016 by giving a ‘Big Thank You’ card to their volunteers, the Friends of Abbeyfield.

Pictured with Mike Menzies of Killearn Friends of Abbeyfield is local resident Dot Gladstone who expressed the residents’ appreciation for the Friends’ commitment. She described some examples of their help such as accompanying them to dental appointments, regular ‘News Reviews’, the annual Burns Supper, and keeping the garden blooming.

At Bridge of Allan, the residents and Friends displayed the ‘Big Thank You’ cards where resident Bridget Robinson spoke about the difference the Friends make to their lives including shopping trips, outings, guest speakers, hospital visits, and even changing hearing aid batteries. She concluded, “If you live here, every week is a thank you week”.

A spokesperson for Abbeyfield said “Friends of Abbeyfield come from a range of backgrounds and ages, young people working on their Duke of Edinburgh award through to retirees using their time and talents to improve the lives of others. Volunteering is a sign of positive community spirit by people who want to share experience, and develop friendships”.

Anyone interested in living or volunteering at Abbeyfield is invited to call the houses direct or head office on 0131 225 7801.