At In Great Company, we know how much friendship and connection mean to people – not only to those who volunteer their time, but more so the seniors whose lives are improved by the company of others. This month, we sat down with a client, Diana,
and asked her about her experience with her volunteer visitor, Wendy.
Why did you decide to register for the In Great Company companionship program? What did your weeks look like before you started the program?
At the time, I needed help and thought that In Great Company would be beneficial. My life before was very dull, tearful and I didn’t want to do anything. I lost my husband and son within a year of each other. I was married for sixty years before he passed. I still feel lost without him. I don’t have any close family with me in Australia, but my daughter calls twice a day from England and we never miss a chat.
Tell us a bit about your volunteer companion: How often do you meet? What activities do you do together?
Wendy is a very clever and kind lady. She feels like a sister to me. I am a natural helper of others, and don’t always feel comfortable asking others for help. With Wendy, I feel as though I can ask her anything, without judgement, and she
will be there for me. Wendy visits once a week, and we play card games. I even taught her how to play Skip Bo. My husband used to manage our book work, so learning how to use and understand technology can be overwhelming. Wendy helps me become
more confident with technology. We also enjoy afternoon tea together.
How has your life changed since meeting with your volunteer companion? What are you most proud of?
I am proud of myself for signing up and going through with the companionship program. Wendy motivates me to achieve things and I enjoy her walking through my door every week.
What advice would you give to someone who is interested in the In Great Company companionship program?
I am amazed that there are kind people in the community, just like Wendy, offering their time and company to others.