Volunteers’ Week: Zee’s Story

56-year-old Zee has been volunteering with LifeCare since December 2023. She supports clients who are living with dementia at one of LifeCare’s day clubs.


Why did you decide to begin volunteering and what have you enjoyed the most about your time volunteering?

My mother had dementia and it was difficult time, but I got through it with the help of lovely, caring people. I wanted to volunteer and give something back to the community when I was able, so when my youngest left the nest I knew it was time. I met Sam and Steven, and both made me feel instantly at home and valued as a volunteer. Subsequent to that, I joined LifeCare in December 2023.

What I enjoy the most about volunteering are the little moments, the times a member smiles at me after I’ve listened to their story, or pats my hand because they haven’t got the right words to express their thanks. The way their eyes light up when we share a joke, or I repeat things in ways they can understand. The immense satisfaction I feel that I’m enabling somebody’s Mum, Dad, Partner, or Grandparent to participate in the world around them in a place of safety and compassion.

What benefits have you experienced personally and would you recommend volunteering at LifeCare to others?

Wow, this is a tough question–there are so many benefits! I can’t describe the exhilaration I feel at doing something entirely selfless and beyond my own personal needs and desires. It’s incredibly fulfilling, but it’s more than that-volunteering at LifeCare has made me a more compassionate person, a better listener, and much more understanding of people in general. I wholeheartedly recommend volunteering at LifeCare-it’ll change your life.


What would you say to anyone who is thinking of volunteering?

Do it. Volunteering at LifeCare is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make.