Lily, 15, makes lasting impact volunteering at Gracewell of Woking

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Lily is not able to visit the home currently, but she is hugely missed by residents and the team. They wanted to share the below piece about Lily and how amazing she is.

Lily, who is 15 years-old, started out as a volunteer at Gracewell of Woking eight months ago, after asking to visit her auntie’s father who is a resident at the care home.

She thoroughly enjoyed seeing him and meeting other residents and Lily quickly started helping out where she could.

Lily initially began by making drinks for residents and handing out delicious cakes when she would visit. She also enjoyed talking to residents about their favourite memories, and they loved asking Lily about school and her hobbies.

Lily visits Gracewell of Woking every weekend and regularly throughout her school holidays. In the past (before COVID-19), she helped Jane Cox, the Activities Co-ordinator, run regular themed events at the home.

Back in December, she assisted residents with making Christmas decorations for the dining room tables and she hand delivered personalised Christmas cards to every resident’s room. She has supported on the reception desk at the care home and put together Welcome Packs for the office team.

Over the last eight months, Lily has become close friends with many of the residents, and she hopes to make a real difference when she goes to visit them. Lily intends to work within the health care sector when she leaves school, and she knows her experience at Gracewell of Woking will help her achieve this dream.

Speaking of her time volunteering at Gracewell of Woking, Lily said:

Volunteering has made such a big difference to my life. I’ve been told by a lot of people how my confidence has grown over the last few months and I’m now doing a lot of things I’d never have dreamed of last year.

“This includes, getting in a lift on my own, walking to the care home after school on my own (I have cerebral palsy so my balance is a little unsteady!), and talking to people who normally I wouldn’t have come into contact with.

I love it and would recommend it to anyone!

Jane Cox, Activities Co-ordinator at Gracewell of Woking said:

 Lily is such an amazing girl; she cares about the residents so much and they love having her here. She has helped me run many events and she is always smiling and positive. Thank you Lily, we know you will go on to have a wonderful career in the care sector one day!


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