As we celebrate Volunteers Week all over the country, I thought I would do this post to demonstrate that ANYONE can volunteer!
Volunteers come from lots of different backgrounds, ages, gender and abilities, but they can have four legs too! I can’t fit a dog in a box, but lots of us have one at home and when I thought about celebrating the diversity of volunteers, I had to include Bailey, a very special volunteer for Age UK Dudley, who was nominated for last year’s Dudley Volunteer Awards.
I’ve decided to share a fabulous press release we put out for last year’s Volunteer Awards to demonstrate that anyone can volunteer!
Age UK Dudley are extremely proud to have nominated one of their most long serving volunteers, Mrs Judy Nicholls, and also one of their youngest…and cuddliest, Bailey, a 6 month old Doberman puppy for an award at the forthcoming Dudley CVS Volunteer Awards.
The Age UK Daybreak centre in Ettymoor Road, Sedgley, provides a warm, welcoming, safe environment for older people to take part in activities and make friends in the aim to reduce isolation and loneliness.
Judy has lovingly devoted her time to support and befriend local people at the Daybreak centre for many years and is an honoured member of the team. Ms Jenny Bates Co-ordinator of Age UK
Dudley’s Daybreak service, and owner of Bailey, said:
“Judy is a much valued member of the Sedgley Daybreak team, the service simply would not be the same without her.”
Since Bailey became a fully badged volunteer he has frequently visited the centre spending his time providing companionship, cuddles and unlimited licks and dribble, promoting the organisation and proudly wearing his volunteer badge.
“Bailey loves to visit the centres to see his friends and as a working breed he has to earn his treats like everyone else! He can sense when he needs to be gentle around our clients and behave accordingly, unlike when he is at home!”
Age UK’s volunteer manager Mrs Rene Evans said:
“Dogs have an amazing talent to bond with people and Bailey is no exception. Our clients love having him around and really look forward to his visits.”
Bailey continues to provide cuddles to enrich the lives of older people, in between his other interests including eating toast and nose-diving shepherd’s pie.