Celebrating a year of volunteering with the Attic Project
The Attic Project is celebrating one year of volunteering this month. In January last year the first Attic Project volunteers began supporting older people to live more comfortably at home.
The Project’s dedicated team of volunteers assist people to make space and reminisce at home. Over the last year, volunteers have helped 29 older people to sort through their possession, and have helped to remove 380 boxes from people’s homes across Cardiff, Newport & the Vale of Glamorgan; a great achievement for the new service.
Sorting through belongings can bring back a lot of memories and volunteers have spent time reminiscing with older people, hearing some amazing stories. Former volunteer, Tammy, did her university placement with the Project last year; "the Attic Project is amazing! Not only does it help declutter homes it lends a listening ear for people to reminisce. A project that I am honoured to have been part of"
The Project offers a range of volunteering roles; from supporting people to sort through their belongings at home, to recording people’s memories and assisting people to get online.
Catherine, Reminiscence Project Coordinator, said “the support of the volunteer allows people to regain control of their homes and their lives, it empowers them to want to make a difference and gives them the motivation to make space in their homes while sharing memories triggered by the process. For many people letting go of items can be hard but the volunteers support, encouragement and positive energies has made a difference for many people.”
Volunteer Janice, who has been a volunteer since the start of the project, said that “if you are thinking about volunteering for The Attic Project just give it a go, it’s very rewarding for the volunteer and client.”