Young Volunteer of the Year - Highly Commended

Louisa Harris

Louisa joined the Chantry as a 17 year-old, for an 8-week work experience placement at the beginning of the year. She opted to work in our Dementia Day Service, as she knew that this would represent a challenge and provide new experiences for her.

Even after a week, this quiet young woman had grown in confidence and fitted well into the team. It was sad to see her leave but naturally all wished her well for her future career. The team were delighted to be contacted again by Louisa soon afterwards, enquiring about becoming a fully-fledged volunteer in the Dementia Day Service.

Louisa is a highly-valued member of the team. She is a very caring person, able to talk to anyone, regardless of their disability, and demonstrates the rare ability to put anyone at ease, even those who have more challenging behaviours.

Her desire to learn more about dementia is equalled by her ability to turn this into practical assistance for the benefit of those in her care. Louisa is mature beyond her years and isn’t fazed by what can sometimes be an unpredictable and difficult job – taking it all in her stride with a caring smile. Louisa is very reliable, trustworthy and conscientious and the team feel privileged to be able to contribute to her career development.