As Milestones’ longest serving volunteer, Glyn’s dedication, loyalty and commitment to Graham is very appreciated by all at the Trust.
Glyn began volunteering at Hillside in July 2012, becoming a regular companion for Graham. Most Fridays, winter, summer, rain or shine saw them taking in the sights of central Bristol together. They enjoyed walking, having lunch or coffee in the numerous eateries in the area. Exploring the harbourside and frequent trips on the ferry boat around the docks was a favourite activity. Graham very much looks forward to his Fridays with Glyn and is always ready to go well before he arrives. Well known by staff and other service users, he is well liked and respected by all.
After 6 years of visits at Hillside, earlier this year Graham moved to Court View, where Glyn has continued to visit him. Since he doesn’t drive, Glyn’s journey involves two buses, one to the bus station and then the bus to Pucklechurch – an uncomfortable two hours each way! This would be an arduous journey for anyone; however for an older person with back problems, this is far from an easy trip for Glyn.
There is just one café in the village, so activities outside of the house are currently very limited. However, to quote Glyn: “As long as Graham wants to see me, I will continue to visit”. This friendship bond is even more remarkable given that all interaction between them is non-verbal and Graham mostly prefers to walk a couple of yards behind him. As Milestones’ longest serving volunteer, Glyn’s dedication, loyalty and commitment to Graham is very appreciated by all at the Trust.