Edinburgh scientist Laura McQuatt has been a volunteer driver and group coordinator with Contact the Elderly for almost 6 years.
Keen to put something back into the community, a driving role with the charity caught the 33-year-old mum’s eye.
“One Sunday afternoon a month seemed like a good level of commitment to fit into my busy life,” she explained, “and having previously worked with the elderly I knew I would enjoy their company.
“ I absolutely love my volunteering and look forward to catching up with our guests and the other volunteers each month. We always have interesting conversation; sometimes it’s serious, sometimes hilarious! And of course we drink lots of tea and eat lots of cake!”
Since starting with Contact the Elderly she has also experienced many of life’s major milestones.
“I’ve changed jobs, got married, moved house and had two children. But through all the changes in my life my volunteering has been a welcome constant, and I cherish it.
“I’d encourage anyone else thinking about volunteering to take a look at Contact the Elderly – it’s only a few hours out of your month but your company means so much to the guests, some of whom can spend much of their month alone.”