Older people today are more skilled and more savvy than any generation before them, and they bring years of experience and expertise to communities across the UK.
87-year old Michael Lloyd from Newcastle-under-Lyme uses his musical talents to help others. A talented pianist and former music teacher, Michael wanted to stay busy in retirement. He thought volunteering might be enjoyable and fulfilling, and his daughter had tried to help him find a suitable voluntary role. But she struggled to find an opportunity with the support he needed to volunteer.
Then the VCS hub referred him to Vintage Volunteers. Using their expertise and person-centred approach, the Vintage team worked with Michael to find an opportunity that matched his talents. He’s now a valued volunteer at Approach, a local charity providing positive dementia support. With the help of the Door2Door transport scheme, Michael, who is blind, plays the piano at residential homes and social groups. He also volunteers once a week at Hempstalls Hall and attends local choirs.
Michael plays old time music, and he loves a good singsong. ‘It brings me joy,’ he says, ‘especially when people join in.’ Volunteering also means he gets to meet lots of new people while doing something he enjoys. Door2Door have played a key part in helping Michael to help others. ‘They’ve been brilliant,’ Michael says. ‘They take me to my destinations and help me in and out of the car. We also have a good chat on the way there!’
Are you an older person thinking of volunteering? Or maybe you think an older volunteer could help your organisation? For more information, contact the Vintage Volunteers team today on 0300 303 606.