This week we have a new Silverlinks volunteer, Pam, at West of England Care & Repair. We asked Pam to introduce herself and tell us a bit about her experiences and how she came to volunteer for Silverlinks:
I was encouraged to volunteer for Silverlinks after hearing a talk by Grace Isaac [a Silverlinks volunteer]. After this I contacted WE Care and Repair as my husband needed a grab rail in the bathroom after a fall in the shower. They were extremely kind and efficient. I have also seen the work that they have carried out for a disabled neighbour including adaptations to the bathroom and the construction of a ramp for his wheelchair. All the work has been of a high standard, and the neighbours are full of praise for WE Care and Repair.
I started my working life as a student nurse,and then came marriage and four children. When they were small, I helped with a playgroup and did the administration for my husbands business. A small period as a shopkeeper followed, and then university and training as a Careers Adviser. I did this work for twenty years, and during this time I trained for the Methodist Ministry. I worked part time in both jobs to start, but after retiring from Careers, I went into ministry full time. I am now supposed to be retired.
We have often had extended family living with us so have lived in some large houses, but as the family have departed to have homes of their own, we have downsized, eventually living in a large bungalow with a large garden, which was the main reason for our purchase. But 15 years later, our beautiful garden had become a burden, and my husband complained that he had been mowing a lawn for 70 years, and he needed a rest. So being an obedient wife ( only joking) I agreed to move to a flat about 8 miles away in Weston super Mare. We now live just around the corner from the sea front and opposite a park. The doctors surgery is just across the park , the dentist a few minutes away and a row of independent shops and the Co-op are only five minutes walk away. There is a frequent bus service into the town. Perfect! I can honestly say that we moved nearly 8 years ago and we are still happy and often feel that we are on holiday. There is Hardly any housework and no gardening, and only the inside of our flat to keep decorated. So we have time to enjoy ourselves. What better way to spend retirement.