Meet Elaine who regularly visits four older people as part of the Royal Voluntary Service East Cheshire Service. One of the people she supports is Gordon, who is 94 and lives in the countryside.
Gordon says: “It’s quite rural where I live and, because I don’t have a car and can’t walk very far, it can be quite lonely. Elaine comes to see me every week and we usually go to a luncheon club in Handforth Dean or sometimes we stay more local. It depends on how the mood takes us. I seldom chat to people so it’s great to see Elaine and the others at the club.”
Gordon has a daughter who does his shopping and visits him but he doesn’t really see anyone else. He spends his time relaxing and watching TV. Before retiring, Gordon was an Electronics Engineer on ships and spent a lot of his time travelling the world, leading a team of twenty men. He and Elaine like to chat about his work and they like getting out and about as well as meeting the other regular diners at the luncheon club.
Elaine adds: “I really look forward to spending time with Gordon. We enjoy each other’s company.
“I do a lot of volunteering; I love it. I think it is very important to give something back. Time is one thing that can’t be bought; giving time is important, especially if you can help someone who is housebound and lonely.”
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