VOLUNTEERING Opportunities

The Warwick Benevolent Society Inc welcomes the support of volunteers who share a wide and interesting range of skills and attributes with our residents and clients.

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” (K. Gibran 1883-1931)

There are many benefits of volunteering:

  • Helping others
  • Developing friendships
  • Contributing to the community
  • Sharing and developinknowledge and skills

Volunteers have a valuable role to play in extending our care services and assisting employees in the provision of quality care services.

Volunteers assist in the provision of the following activities: Gardening, cards, craft, religious services, games and quizzes, cooking, music, poetry, reading, story-telling, and 1:1 individual activities

If you have some spare time during the week, you might consider spending some quality time with our residents.

If you wish to express an interest in volunteering please contact Administration who will put you in contact with the Diversional Therapists.

The Virtues of Volunteering

(according to me)

A cup of coffee and a nice slice of cake with friends is a lovely way to spend a couple of hours – you always feel better afterwards….but do you know something even better than that “after coffee, cake and companionship glow”? I do – the warm and fuzzy feeling you get when you volunteer at Akooramak. Not only does spending time with the residents of Akooramak make YOU feel better but you have the added joy of having made someone else, sometimes a group of people, feel so much better too.

All it costs you is time, as much or as little as you can spare. I have been volunteering at Akooramak for over a year and in that time I have encountered people who have led fascinating lives, have life experiences to share and a genuine appreciation of what others, staff and volunteers, do to make their home, Akooramak, a happier place to live.

The Lifestyle Officers will talk to you about your interests and/skills and find a way for you to help that suits you – whether it be joining in with a sing along, helping the residents take part in a game such as Table Bowls or Bingo, being an extra pair of hands on special occasions such as Bastille Day or Show Day or helping with craft or cooking activities. If group activities are not your thing there are opportunities for you to spend time with individuals. Perhaps you could play a game of Scrabble or cards with a resident, read to someone who no longer reads for themselves but enjoys a good story or catching up on the news, do some gardening with a resident or simply sit and chat.

You don’t need special qualifications to be a volunteer at Akooramak – just a bit of spare time and an enjoyment of other people’s company.

It is a wonderfully simple way to make a positive difference to another person’s life as well as yours.

Janine (Current Volunteer)