My last volunteer session at Coopers Court was very moving. The animals (as well as a baby grandchild!) certainly created an atmosphere where residents and volunteers could interact and talk freely. I listened to a resident reminisce moments from his incredible life story. With much emotion he told me of a great loss in his early childhood to stories of his travels after WWII. I felt very honoured to be told such things from someone I had just met and felt this was down to a calm and open atmosphere created by the values and ethos that underpin Furry Tales. I could see how incredibly important it was for this resident to tell his story and have someone listen. He told me that for many years he’d told nobody about his childhood experiences but wanted young people to know so that the stories wouldn’t be lost. This made me think about other societies in the world that still hold value and focus on inter-generational relationships and how this enables stories and lessons to be passed down and learned from. It made me feel sad that we have lost this somewhat in the UK. I love working at Furry Tales and hope that we can try to get some of this back.
Volunteer’s Experience: Kim
August 29, 2014