Banking on having a good time

25 September 2017

Volunteers from Lloyds Bank at two of our services

When Lloyds Private Banking Group asked if we would like a visit from one of their teams, to meet some of our service users and lend a hand with activities, our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Nicola Milne, arranged a memorable day for them.

Back in May this year Lloyds volunteers helped transform the garden of our residential home in Alnwick, for adults with learning disabilities. This time though, they saw how we work to support people with very different needs.

Their day started in our Newcastle Nursing Home, St Catherine's, joining residents for one of their regular crafts sessions; this time, making personalised greetings cards. While the volunteers cut and glued and sprinkled glitter, our residents made the most of the chance to have a chat with some new faces.

After lunch, they took the short trip along the West Road to our Alan Shearer Activity Centre in West Denton, to roll up their sleeves and do some baking. Cookery is probably the most popular activity on offer in our Live and Learn skills sessions for adults with learning disabilities, and, when the volunteers arrived, the Centre's dedicated kitchen was full to capacity.

Nicola said, “I'd like to thank the Lloyds team for their enthusiasm and for engaging so warmly with all our service users. Everyone had a wonderful time and I hope this has inspired them to tell friends and work colleagues how rewarding volunteering can be.”

If you would like to find out about volunteering opportunities with St Cuthbert's Care, you can contact Nicola on 0191 228 0111 or email her at