Story of a volunteer from the Intergeneration Programme in Mitchell's Plain

This is a story of 2 people who really go the extra mile for the people whom they work with. Elizabeth and “Brother” as he is fondly known are the two volunteers that assist in the running of Beaconvale Seniors Service Centre situated at Beaconvale Frail Care Centre in Mitchell’s Plain.

As most of the members of this service centre are frail, it takes extra strength and care to work with these seniors. As the centre operates three days per week, these two have shown commitment towards “their” seniors for more than seven years and although they themselves suffer from various ailments, are always there and ready to help.

The day starts with preparing the breakfast for the seniors, feeding those who are not capable of eating by themselves and thereafter the daily programme commences. The programme of activities varies from day to day but it is always enjoyable for the seniors. The kind of activities implemented ranges from making crafts, getting much needed stretches and exercise to receiving a hand and foot massages and getting your toenails clipped. Elizabeth and Brother are very caring and always take a moment to spend time with each elderly individually.

Because of their love for working with seniors, it is truly a pleasure for them to be involved and offer their time and energy for those who often can’t help themselves. Their volunteering efforts often stretches beyond service centre time and they can often be found at the frail care centre over weekends, keeping the seniors entertained with movies or playing games.
In my opinion these gestures go beyond the call of duty and show the true spirit of being a volunteer.