Branca has made a real difference during the COVID-19 pandemic by volunteering at Snow Angels and supporting older people through its befriending service.
Snow Angels helps older people continue living independently and keeping well, running schemes across Cheshire and working with a range of other local organisations.
After looking for volunteering opportunities over a number of years, Branca’s partner found Snow Angels towards the start of the pandemic and she’s been busy doing befriending calls ever since.
Branca said: “As volunteering with our older generation was something I’d wanted to do for a while and had become increasingly important during the pandemic, I was very keen to start telephone befriending as soon as possible.
“I now regularly chat to my ladies and have made new friends without meeting face-to-face, although I hope to do that soon enough.
“We also collect and deliver prescriptions when needed, volunteer for Christmas hamper deliveries and do a weekly shop for a lovely lady, who I hope to take in person soon to get her out and about.
“If I was asked what I get from volunteering, it would be simply that it makes someone’s day brighter.
“People through no fault of their own are just getting older and becoming more lonely so it’s good for them to know there’s someone at the end of the phone they can call on. Who wouldn’t want that?”
Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA) is running a volunteering campaign in 2021, focusing on three key themes: climate, mental health and poverty.
The new volunteering platform CWVA launched earlier this year has a range of opportunities to suit different people and their interests. It’s easy to browse the opportunities by location, organisation and much more.