Our volunteers

Ian and Audrey Honeyman

Audrey works at Corsers Court. Outside her working hours she and husband Ian volunteer to support residents on trips and help out during theme nights and summer fetes.

“We thinking recently about all the people we’ve met through volunteering Corsers Court. We stopped counting when we reached 120,” says Audrey. “We’ve had a lot of fun there and I hope we make a difference in the community.”

As volunteer travel companions, Audrey and Ian accompany residents when they go on trips. They also lend a hand at the scheme’s popular theme nights and during the busy summer fetes. At Christmas, Ian dresses up as Santa Claus and delivers a small gift to every resident, heavily disguised in his red suit and beard.


Kath Coley

In 2017 Kath Coley lost David, her partner of 33 years.

“I wanted something to do, a reason to get up,” she explains.  

Kath lives near to Corsers Court, a retirement living community in Perton, managed by Care Plus. She got in touch to see if she could volunteer there and now runs the lively Knit and Natter group.

“I’ve made a wonderful new group of friends and I’ve always got plenty to do, sorting out patterns and arranging for our knitted toys to benefit fantastic charities at home and abroad. I needed a purpose and I’m so busy now that my daughter has to do some of my cleaning!”

Frieda is one of the ladies knitting and nattering. “You need someone to get you enthusiastic about things and Kath has certainly done that. I really look forward to our little group. We all help each other out and we share wool, needles and patterns.”


Rosie

Rosie is a professional wedding photographer who takes time out of her busy life to volunteer for Care Plus when she can.

Our volunteer photographers have captured some lovely moments within Care Plus and have given residents a beautiful reminder of some special days. You might see their photographs here on our website or on social media and if you visit our retirement living schemes you could find some of their pictures displayed on the walls.


Holly Langton

Betzi makes me get up in the morning. She’s my best friend and I talk to her all the time.”

Ill health meant that Sue Ellis had to leave her job in the ambulance service. She and four-year-old Tibetan terrier Betzi now live in a studio apartment in Pendrell Court, Codsall.

“I’ve always had dogs. I actually delivered Betzi, so I’ve known her from the moment she was born. We’ve got a special relationship. She sleeps on my bed and she’s very protective. I wish I could walk her more.”

Student Holly Langton, 19, is a volunteer dog walker. Now in the second year of her mathematics degree, she began visiting Sue and Betzi in the summer and during term-time she fits her walks around lectures and tutorials. Betzi has shed an impressive two kilos since she met her new friend.

“I’ve got a beautiful black Labrador called Prince at home but there’s always room in my heart for more dogs. Betzi knows I’m here even before I’ve knocked on the door. She starts ‘singing’ which is completely adorable.

“When I started walking Betzi she didn’t want to go very far because her legs hurt. She’s lost some weight now and is starting to enjoy herself. It’s lovely to see her playing in the fallen leaves. I walk two other dogs and I’m very attached to them all. It’s nice to chat to the owners, too. I definitely get as much out of it as the dogs!”

Pendrell Court is one of 35 retirement living communities managed by Care Plus, who understand the importance of the bond between people and their animals.  Residents are often able to bring their pet with them when they move into one of the apartments or bungalows.

“Betzi is part of my family,” says Sue. “It’s lovely to see her happy.”

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