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Volunteers Week 2020: How Steve’s helping to drive us in the right direction

We couldn’t do what we do without people like Steve Power.

Steve Power spent just shy of fifty years working in military and civil aviation, and decided in 2017 that Dorset would be the perfect place to retire to.

He and his wife relocated from Lincolnshire to Dorchester, and love the area.  But Steve wasn’t going to be content with just spending his time at the beach or pottering around in the garden.

“I set myself a personal goal to volunteer and help people when I retired,” says Steve.  “I found out about Weldmar from a neighbour, who lost his wife who was being cared for by them.”

Steve applied to be a volunteer, and told our Volunteer Services Adviser, Caroline Munslow, that he would be willing to do whatever was needed.

Starting as a Volunteer Driver, Steve used his own car to pick up patients, and take them to appointments.  He then took the appropriate tests with the local authority in order to drive the minibus, and began picking up patients, including those in wheelchairs, and taking them to Day Services in locations such as Dorchester, Blandford and Shaftesbury.

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, many Weldmar volunteers saw their roles put on hold, with charity shops closed fundraising events cancelled, and social distancing needing to be observed, but Steve was able to carry on.

“I started picking up the donations of food that a number of local supermarkets made to Weldmar, which has saved the charity lots of money.  I would also go to pharmacies to pick up prescriptions, and drop them round to patients, having a chat with them if they wanted.”

“I get extreme fulfilment with my role here.  I’ve found that Weldmar has a very professional approach when it comes to volunteers.  They are very good at engaging with their volunteers and keeping them up to date, and making me feel part of the team.”

“I’m there because I want to play a part in local society, and I get a lot from it personally.”

Our thanks to Steve and all of our volunteers for their amazing contribution.  Although many volunteer roles are not currently active, we’ve been keeping volunteers up to date with the latest developments, and look forward to welcoming them back in the not too distant future.

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