Peaceful Shared Experiences

by Caroline Ibbertson

I decided to volunteer at TLC as a kind of stepping stone. Having taught for 25 years I decided that I needed a change. Then my dad passed away just before I left my job. I spent a few months adjusting to the huge changes in my life and then gathered myself together came to volunteer at TLC.

I found it a really heart warming and welcoming place. I love the whole concept of ‘pay as you feel’ but to have such a gem of a place situated in the heart of Harehills with such incredible food I thought was amazing. I always knew my volunteering experience would be very temporary but I like to throw myself into things and soon became involved in supporting the weekly art walks in Gledhow Woods on a Tuesday.

I immediately discovered a wonderful elderly man who attended the walks. He was suffering from the same condition my dad had and I really got a positive feeling when chatting to him on the walks. I sensed that he too enjoyed the chats. The walk, talk and art sessions were a great way to get to know people in the group. And facilitating and supporting the art session near the lake was kind of magical, absorbing myself in painting and drawing too. A peaceful shared experience for everyone. Then a gentle walk back to TLC for food and review of the session.

I no longer volunteer there as I am having interviews for paid work A great little place for so very many reasons for so many people.

Thank you to TLC for the opportunity to come along, support people but also to have been able to bridge the gap for myself from grieving for my dad and giving myself space to work out my next steps in life.


published by Anna Dyson
Founder and Director of ToastLoveCoffee. CEO of Dyson family, Roundhay (Leeds) branch which involves a huge array of skills impossible to imagine or articulate! Formerly, Jewish educator and community professional.


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