On 1st October May Wallace, age 91, received the Volunteer of the Year Award from Age Scotland at its annual Scottish Parliamentary Reception. See the video for May’s speech and a short interview in which she shares the secret of a healthy and active later life.
May, age 91, has been a volunteer at the Westhill and Garlogie Day Centre for 24 years. For many years she was an ‘Escort’, and is still a ‘Relief Escort,’ on the minibus which collects members from their homes, and takes them back at 3pm. This can often involve assisting disabled members on and off the bus and into their homes, which can be physically demanding at any age.
The Day Centre is held on two days every week. Most volunteers attend for 2-3 hours on one of the days, but May is there from 9.30am until around 2pm on both days, and stays longer when needed. May is greatly appreciated by Centre members and staff for her dedication and sense of humour.
She has served on the Centre’s ‘Friends of’ Committee all that time, and Chaired it for the last 11 years. May trained as a ‘Music and Movement’ leader so that she could take the exercise session at the Day Centre. This takes place every Wednesday and Friday morning, and lasts for 45 minutes.
Brian Sloan, Age Scotland Chief, Executive said: “This Award is truly well deserved as May not only impresses with her dedication, but is also a wonderful example to others of how someone in their 90s can enjoy life.”
The Volunteer of the Year Award is sponsored by Solicitors for Older People Scotland. It is given to a volunteer who has gone the ‘extra-mile’ to champion a group or organisation to benefit the lives of older people.
Congratulations also to Runners up:
- Mr Bill Brack
- Felix Porter
- John Dickson
- Anne Grindley – Contact the Elderly