Young Blackwell Vale volunteers scoop national award at Four Seasons Care Awards

Moyra Arnison, who set up and coordinated a collaboration to bring young volunteers to Blackwell Vale Care Home has been named ‘Volunteer of the Year’ at the national Four Seasons Care Awards for her commitment to making a difference through volunteering.

Following over 1,300 nominations, Moyra was shortlisted with four other people who give their time to over 250 Four Seasons Care Homes across the UK.

Moyra’s nomination highlighted the proactive role she played in bringing the young people to the home and the resulting benefits for both the residents and volunteers.

An extract states:

“Our young volunteers are developing a close bond with residents and staff whilst learning about dementia and how it can affect individuals and their loved ones. They have taken part in the Four Seasons Dementia Experience and have embraced this challenge fully. The collaboration is increasing their confidence and self-worth with every visit and has led them to consider a career in care in the future.”

The award was presented to Moyra, who was accompanied by young volunteer Lauren and Deputy Home Manager Lisa Plackett, by Joanne Stratford-Smith, Head of HR, who said:

“Moyra’s volunteer scheme has given those within her care a real sense of purpose and brought a smile to the faces of our residents, taking them back to their youth and allowing them to share their wisdom with the younger generation.  This a fantastic initiative that not only promotes the health and wellbeing of those at different ends of the age spectrum, but is also helping to nurture and inspire the next generation of carers.”

Congratulations go to Moyra, her young volunteers and everyone at Blackwell Vale who has supported them with this excellent programme.

Date published: 25 June 2019

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