Volunteering is the key to a happy retirement
When Barbara Wren retired from her role as estate manager of Sandringham Court, Longbenton, she missed the residents so much that she decided to offer her help with organising estate activities, alongside veteran volunteer Audrey McMullen.
Now the residents can enjoy regular entertainers, quizzes, sing-alongs, coffee mornings, bingo, indoor bowls and fundraising events, all of which help to combat loneliness and isolation.
66-year-old Barbara says: ‘After working full-time for nearly 50 years it was a real struggle to finally slow down and relax. I also missed the wonderful camaraderie between staff and residents at Sandringham Court.
‘I jumped at the chance to work with Audrey and now we spend most of our time putting a smile on residents’ faces.’