What do our residents want?
In a mini survey, we asked some of our residents what activities they liked and we found they each had different interests – some liked painting and music, others relished a good haircut and shopping. But there was one thing every resident said they’d love to do. And that’s talking with someone.
More often than not, we observe volunteers doing a lot with our residents. But seldom do they simply pull a chair and have a conversation. Language barriers, lack of knowledge on how to approach a senior and impatience are partly to blame.
Maybe even imagination, or the lack thereof.
So we drew up a list of projects that:
Took into account residents’ and volunteers’ interests
Are less of a one-off visit and more of a regular drop-in
Allow you to co-work with residents on fun and creative projects
This gives both parties the chance to really get to know one another. Hopefully, over time, acquaintances will become friends and then volunteering becomes more of a way for you to show concern about your pal. That’s when you know you’ve really given back.
What’s our #STJHVolunteer experience like?
Read about how we create a culture of care in our Volunteer Handbook. Peek into the life of a #STJHVolunteer. If you have more questions, learn more from our FAQs page.