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"Royal Voluntary Service has provided me with a social life"

Tom works on a projectTom is 98 and has been a regular at the workshop ever since it started. Tom used to work on a farm and as a gardener and driver. He retired at the age of 85, after many fruitful years of work. Tom says the workshop has been a central part of his life.

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“I’m the last person remaining from my generation so I don’t have many friends left. Royal Voluntary Service’s Social Centre has provided me with a social life since it began, and now the workshop has given me more friends.”

Tom likes getting involved with woodwork and he’s made bird tables, bird boxes and planters. Sometimes the men make craft items so he’s done some painting too.

“I like doing things, I’m very handy so the workshop keeps me active and using my skills. I also get to meet friends and have some company as I don’t get much at home.”

“You can’t go wrong; everyone is happy. I tell everyone about the workshop, and I get people to buy our items too.”

Thanks to funds raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery are helping us to provide places where older people can get together across Great Britain. Sheds are a brilliant way to bring people together and reduce social isolation; they were founded by men and some sheds welcome all members of the community, regardless of gender. Find local services near you or volunteer to support older people in your area.

Posted by Tom at 00:00 Monday, 15 May 2017.

Labels: Royal Voluntary Service, Volunteering