Volunteering brings five years of new friendships

John Meek has been involved as a volunteer with our Enliven services in Alexandra for over five years. He's made many friends along the way.

"I moved to Alexandra from Cromwell after my wife died, as my job was in Alexandra. I started volunteering as something to do in the weekends."

"Heather from Volunteering Central asked if I would consider spending time at Ranui Home, talking to male residents. I was happy to do this, so for several years I spent a few hours each Saturday at Ranui, chatting and occasionally taking someone out for a drive."

"They then asked if I would help at Club Enliven each Thursday, so I've been volunteering there for over two years as well, and I enjoy it a lot."

"Through volunteering at Ranui, I've met so many great people. I befriended a man who was clinically blind and took him out for drives each week. He introduced me to his brothers and friends, who have become my friends. He passed away last year and I was pleased to attend his funeral."

"Being a volunteer can be very rewarding and you have a lot of fun. I feel that if I can make somebody laugh when I talk to them, then I've done some good."

Thank you John for your incredible contribution!

We're looking for more volunteers across the region. If you have some time to spare, and would consider volunteering in an Enliven home, contact Michelle on 03 477 7115 or michelleg@psotago.org.nz.