Care Home Week: Guest post from Rachel Duff

On Saturday of Care Home Week, we are celebrating the brilliant contributions of volunteers in our care homes.  

We're delighted to share a blog from Rachel Duff, Operations Director at Bandrum Nursing Home, which highlights the importance of care home volunteers...


'Friends of Bandrum'  is a volunteer group at Bandrum Nursing Home, including Malcolm and Yvonne Gosling and Irene McKnight.

The friends have been a voluntary group at Bandrum for a number of years now.  All visited a loved one at Bandrum and liked it so much they decided they would like to do more and help the other residents as well as their own loved one.  They began coming in meeting residents, helping on activities and being another voice and friend for the residents.  Now they bring Rosy,their Pets as Therapy doggie friend in with them.  They also hold residents forums and carry our dining audits as well as going on trips and enjoying themselves while being friends to the residents.  They also contribute to the newsletter and help out at all the homes functions.

In 2015 the group won the Volunteer/Care Home Friend of the Year Award at the Scottish Care Awards for their amazing work at Bandrum.  They are all very humble about the great work they do at Bandrum and are hugely supported by the home.
The group like helping others, being part of the home and being a friendly voice for the residents.

Here is a clip from a recent newsletter:

Friends of Bandrum
After the busy Festive period, everyone enjoyed our Burns Afternoon held in Brightside Cafe on Wednesday 25th January. There was plenty of singing, laughter and good company.

We look forward to joining in on some of the trips organised for the summer to help out wherever we can. We can get the teas, push a wheelchair or just chat.

As you can see, the Friends of Bandrum enjoy being involved and feeling useful. Would you like to join us and help us to continue with this very worthwhile past time?  We are looking for volunteers to give a little of their time. If you think this might be you, please contact Bandrum reception.

Keep an eye on our Notice Board in reception for details of our next meeting (which you are all always welcome to attend) and for the details of all forthcoming activities.

Thank you, Friends of Bandrum

Rachel Duff

Bandrum Nursing Home



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