Beverley's story: From service user to volunteer

"The difference Cuerden Hall made to my life is unbelievable; I volunteer to give something back."

Beverley has been attending day services at our Cuerden Hall neurological centre in Lancashire for more than a decade. Now she volunteers there to make sure residents' voices are heard.

"I began attending day care services at Cuerden Hall neurological care centre about 12 years ago. The difference that this had made to my life is unbelievable; the love, care, help and support that I and my family have received has been life changing.

"I am now living a life rather than just an existence. That is why I decided to be a volunteer: I wanted to give something back."

Empowering residents

"I am very passionate about helping the Cuerden Hall residents with complex neurological needs to feel more empowered. I try to be an ambassador for the organisation to spread the Sue Ryder message to the local community and beyond.

"I’ve started up a discussion group with the residents to get them talking, to help them to open up, to reminisce and to think independently. I love to be a listening ear for residents, family staff and volunteers.

"I also do one-to-one work with residents, and I love to come up with ideas for fundraising – the wackier the better!"

Why volunteer?

"You will get far more out of volunteering than you put in. It has been the best therapy for me. It has given me a whole new purpose in life and it has taught me to see beyond people’s disabilities. There’s a lot more to our residents than their disability – another message that I am keen to promote in the work I do as a volunteer.

"As a volunteer at Sue Ryder, you become part of a very special family and you are there to support each other. Whatever talents you have, the organisation can use you.

"Give it a go and see just how your contribution can make such a big difference to the lives of others as well as your own!"

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