Octogenarians prove Volunteering keeps you young.

According to recent research… ‘from improving our health and happiness to promoting a sense of belonging, boosting mood and making friends, the case for volunteering keeps building’. You need only stop in at the Little Haven Market Place at 68a Crescent Rd to see proof of this.

My trip last Saturday certainly reinforced it to me, and it seems while our Volunteers are of huge benefit to our organisation, volunteering also has magical benefits for the volunteer too.

How else do you explain these 3 octogenarians never seeming to age a day, despite a combined 32 years of volunteer service?

Week in week out, rain, hail or shine (and I mean sometimes blistering heat), they show up at the Market Place ready for work with hard working hands and a cheery smile on their ageless faces.

And then there’s Ailsa Smith who at the age of 93, with 17 years of service to Little Haven (and a lifetime of service to other organisations too) thinks she might have to “wind down her activities a bit”!

Definitely earnt a wee rest I think Ailsa.

Absolute respect and gratitude to all our fabulous volunteers. All power to you and may you live forever!

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”

H. Jackson Brown Jr.