Call for seniors to step into volunteering

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Ailish DelaneySouth Western Times
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Volunteer Sue Hogan, Volunteer South West coordinator Shamara Williams and volunteer Jeanette Repacholi are encouraging seniors to look into volunteering.
Camera IconVolunteer Sue Hogan, Volunteer South West coordinator Shamara Williams and volunteer Jeanette Repacholi are encouraging seniors to look into volunteering. Credit: Ailish Delaney / South Western Times

Volunteer South West is encouraging those nearing retirement to look into volunteering as an avenue to make new friends and stay connected.

This week marks Seniors Week, an annual event celebrating the contributions of older people to the community, with many seniors in the South West dedicating their time to volunteering.

Jeanette Repacholi has been volunteering for six years, after she found herself becoming bored and disengaged a year into retired life.

“Volunteering helps you to be part of a team and gives you a sense of purpose,” she said.

It keeps you learning new skills, as well as gives you the opportunity to make new friends and have that social contact.

Sue Hogan is new to volunteering and donates her time to Volunteer South West and a garden centre.

“I’ve found it so interesting and I’m more inspired,” Ms Hogan said.

“It’s about getting out there and meeting people. It really helps you feel worthy because you learn you’ve still got something to give.”

Volunteer South West coordinator Shamara Williams said people often waited until they were retired before discovering they did not know what to do with themselves.

“We are so grateful to our senior volunteers who not only bring a breadth of skills and knowledge but also life experience, which just can’t be taught,” she said.

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