Recently I came across a very inspiring video.
As part of BBC 3’s Amazing Humans series they shared a video, “The Falkirk student bringing joy to care home residents”. The video features Fraser, a medical student who gives his time to take elderly residents from a local care home on rickshaw rides.
As the video states, over half a million older people leave their house once a week or less, leaving many feeling lonely and isolated. One of our very first articles highlighted both the physical and mental impact loneliness can have, and Fraser’s actions are helping to overcome this.
Fraser says, “Everyone has some time in their lives that they could give back to the elder generation and offer them opportunities like this that they wouldn’t get otherwise, and really share their stories and celebrate how they’ve lived their life.”
Four Seasons Health Care Volunteers – Making a difference
This video reminded me that here at Four Seasons Health Care, many of our homes are extremely fortunate to be supported by their community and by local volunteers. These exceptional people are passionate, and dedicated to providing special experiences for our residents every day. Our Care Awards look to recognise these amazing people for the work they do.
At the Four Seasons Care Awards 2016 we received a staggering 1,200 nominations for various awards from our homes across the UK. At the awards ceremony we wanted to recognise the contribution that volunteers make to the lives of those living with us; a contribution which cannot be underestimated.
Tim Hammond, CEO of Four Seasons Health Care explains the importance of recognising these extraordinary people,
“The award categories are all really important as we want to highlight the fantastic people we have working here in our organisation. However, I believe it is important to acknowledge the special people who go above and beyond to help others in the community, and this is why our ‘Resident or Relative Contribution’ and ‘Volunteer of the Year’ awards are so important to us.”
Our Winner | Johnathon Barba
Johnathon Barba was shortlisted along with five other volunteers who all received the Regional Volunteer of the Year 2016 award.
Jonathon volunteers at North Court Care Home in Bury St Edmunds and was selected as Four Seasons Health Care Volunteer of the Year for his commitment, and for the positive impact he’s had on the lives of our North Court residents.
One of Jonathan’s nominations came from North Court’s Home Manager,
“Jonathon is a very keen volunteer, who gives up his morning each day to come to the home and offer support to the residents and the team alike. He is very committed and is always pleasant and happy to help where he can. He is an excellent advocate of the home and his help is priceless. Jonathon never asks for recognition and his presence is very unassuming which goes to show he is there for the residents and not the recognition. He’s a fantastic gentleman and we’d definitely be lost without him.”
Johnathan was presented with his award at the Four Seasons Care Awards ceremony held in Birmingham. Charlotte Oppong-Agyare, Marketing and Sales Director for Four Seasons Health Care, who presented Jonathon with this award states,
“This category is really inspiring for me as it’s nice to see that so many people want to help others in our homes. I’m very proud and humbled to see that so many people give up their time to help others. The dedication they have to make a difference to our residents is truly inspirational. Congratulations Jonathon.”
On receiving the award, Jonathon said,
“I was over the moon when I found out I was nominated. It means so much to me. It means I must be doing something right. I am completely shocked and humbled to have won. I feel no different to anyone else, not special in any way, but I am privileged to be highly thought of by my second family at North Court.”
Jonathan’s words are echoed by many of our volunteers. All of our Four Seasons Health Care volunteers make a huge difference, not only to our residents but also to our colleagues, we are unbelievably grateful to work alongside these people every day. Thank you to all our volunteers, we couldn't do it without you!