Making a difference - Pam
A host of valued volunteers help us make a difference to people’s mental wellbeing
Retired lecturer Pam hosts a fortnightly make-and-bake session at Make a Difference. Here’s why she was inspired to get involved.
“It’s good to still be using my skills ”
It's nice to know you’re helping in the community. I’ve been coming to Make a Difference for almost 10 years now, usually on the second Friday of the month. The members of the group will decide ahead what they’d like to make. Baked items are a favourite – scones and cakes – but we’ve cooked all sorts, from casseroles and soup to pies and pizza.
It’s good to still be using my skills and what I was trained for – I was a health and social care lecturer and Plymouth City College and later taught health and social care. Since I retired, volunteering has been a big part of my life and there’s a range of things I volunteer for. But it’s amazing how many people still don’t know about Make a Difference. I found out about it when trustee Sandy Edney gave us a talk at Yelverton Rotary.
Make a Difference provides people with support, a focus point and an opportunity to meet other local people in a relaxed situation. For me, it’s nice to be here and know that you’re part of a community effort.
Make a Difference Tavistock is an open-door mental health charity, providing people in West Devon and the surrounding area with support and friendship to improve their mental wellbeing.
Open to all, our cafe-style mental health hub and community arts and crafts workshop, the Arch, is located just off Taylor Square in Tavistock.