19 years a volunteer

Ruth began volunteering for SeeAbility in 1998, where she would help organise group social events such as dances.

Her experience means she now works with people on a one-to-one basis forming close bonds through her work at SeeAbility's Millennium Centre in Leatherhead, where she volunteers once a week.

"I enjoy volunteering and I think the tenants get a great deal of enjoyment out of it. It's good to be useful. I really feel that as long as they are responding to what I am doing, appreciate it and if the feel better about things when I am around then I will keep at it. It is probably not something everyone could do as some of the people you help have several learning difficulties as well but it is very rewarding work if you are up to it."

On Monday afternoons Ruth supports Sue Judge with her art projects. With her help, Sue has learnt to write her signature, create jewellery and make crafts. Sue said:  

"I am very lucky to have Ruth as a volunteer. She helps me a lot and reads Will Young's autobiography to me." 

Ruth has also been volunteering with the charity's Friendly Club for 12 years. The social club for supported individuals meets on the second Thursday of the month at the Millennium Centre.

Hannah Stuart, SeeAbility's volunteer coordinator, said:  

"We are very lucky to have such a long-standing and loyal volunteer. Volunteers add so much to our service and Ruth's enduring friendships with our individuals means so much to them. It really enables them to participate more and access the community."