Volunteers’ Week Day 11 — Sheila Wood

Posted on 11th June 2016 by

Sheila NCS at Palace

Volunteer’s Name: Sheila Wood

Which Impetus service they volunteer for: Neighbourhood Care Scheme

What do they do?

Sheila is a long-serving volunteer who began volunteering with NCS in 2003, following the death of her husband.

Sheila visited her first lady, Jacky, for six years following her from sheltered housing to her care home. Sheila helped her with dealing with social services and the Department of Work & Pensions. In the care home, she was one of Jacky’s very few visitors and kept a sharp eye on the quality of her care.

Who do they volunteer with?

Sheila has been visiting her current scheme member, a 92-year-old lady living in residential care, for six years. Like her previous volunteering work, Sheila has been providing practical help to Stella from when she lived in her own home through to her move into residential care. Stella’s enquiring mind and sharp wit keep Sheila on her toes.

Sheila explained:

“It’s a challenge to enter a new person’s life, but with a ‘let’s see what we both like and know’ it very quickly becomes a happy friendship.”

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