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LinkLiving volunteers ‘make a difference’ to those they support

Published on 02/05/2013

SmartLiving and RealLiving volunteers SmartLiving and RealLiving volunteers

Volunteers and staff from LinkLiving Ltd (part of the Link group) got together recently at their volunteer awards to celebrate and highlight the support and dedication provided by volunteers.

The annual awards ceremony gives volunteers from SmartLiving and RealLiving the chance to talk about their experiences as well as hearing from those who benefit from their support.

Each volunteer received a ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ and three special awards were presented to individuals who had a particular success or achievement during the time they have volunteered with LinkLiving.

Samantha Paton, a volunteer with RealLiving’s Older Persons Service in Midlothian, won the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award. Samantha not only provides respite support to an older woman  so that her daughter can have time away but she provides a telephone befriending service to three others on a weekly basis. Each person she supports has said that the support she provides really makes a difference to their lives.

Dalia Lek, a volunteer with Real-Living’s Older Persons Service in Midlothian, won the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award. Dalia supports an older woman who was previously lonely and depressed and who did not leave her home. Through Dalia’s support the change in her is remarkable and they have struck up a close friendship.

Donald Dowds, a volunteer with RealLiving’s Older Persons Service in Fife, also won the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award. In the time Donald has been volunteering, his approach and how he conducts himself has improved, and he works hard to promote choice and independence in the people he supports.

SmartLiving and RealLiving are funded by the Change Fund in Fife and Midlothian (part of the Scottish Government’s Reshaping Care for Older People Initiative), the People & Communities Fund, Young Start and Falkirk Council.

Elaine Johnston, Director of LinkLiving, said

“These awards were set up to recognise the hard work our volunteers put in. When the first volunteer service was established in 2005 there were only 5 volunteers but now we have over 100 and every one of them has a story to tell and achievements to celebrate. They are helping to change not only their own lives but also the lives of many others.”

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