Meet our volunteers
We recently met up with volunteer, Rachel Muir, who supports tenants at Saunders Court, Edinburgh. She kindly told us a bit about her role and why she loves volunteering for Bield.
How long have you been volunteering with Bield and why did you decide to join us?
I’ve been volunteering for a year, usually putting on the Irish Bingo for tenants. I decided to join as I know how important social interaction is, especially for older people, as some can start to feel isolated or lonely. Volunteering helps gives tenants an opportunity to socialise and just an hour or two a week makes a real difference.
What does your role involve?
The first few sessions at Bield involved attending afternoon tea, to get to know tenants and find out what they might like to do. The majority decided on Irish Bingo, so we tried it as a weekly session and they love it! I give tenants the opportunity for a change in activity regularly, but for now at least everyone is happy with Irish Bingo.
What do you get out of volunteering at Saunders Court and what do you enjoy most about it?
I love watching tenants interact with one another. We have a laugh and there can be some real but very friendly competition! I enjoy seeing them have the opportunity to ask each other how they are and how their week has been. They are genuinely interested in how everyone is and it is lovely to see that bond, and to be part of it myself.
When I first joined Bield I wasn’t sure if tenants would get much out of my sessions, but looking back on this year, an hour a week makes a huge difference to their lives. It has also made my confidence grow and given me opportunities I don’t think would have been possible before, so I am glad to have had this opportunity.