Working at Camelot gave Adam his first introduction to volunteering with National Lottery Funded projects. Now he volunteers weekly with Age UK and he couldn't be happier.
As well as working as an Assistant Product Manager at Camelot, Adam is also an active volunteer. Once a week he visits a local Age UK Dementia home where he engages with residents by playing games, chatting and joining in sing-alongs. He also uses his two annual volunteer days through Camelot to take the residents on days out.
What made you want to get into volunteering in the first place?
"At Camelot we are encouraged to live by our values. Over the seven years of working here, I had volunteered many times at the OAP Christmas dinners and this was something I really enjoyed. Seeing the difference it made to people and how easy it was to do, made me want to get more involved so I contacted Age UK."
What has been your volunteering highlight?
"In 2017, the residents were heartbroken when they heard the highly anticipated Age UK Christmas Party, normally held at our Watford head office, had to be cancelled due to the snow. We wanted to ensure they still got their gifts, so we packed the goodie bags, gifts and hampers and I delivered them directly to all the residents of Charmers Court Dementia home. The residents were overwhelmingly excited, there were literally tears of joy!"
In addition to hand-delivering the Christmas gifts, Adam also hosted a summer party, inviting the residents into the Watford office for some fish and chips in the canteen, followed by a cinema afternoon with classic black and white films.
Adam’s actions have not gone unnoticed at Camelot and in June 2018 we decided to celebrate the incredible work he has done. Without Adam knowing, we sent a small film crew along to Chalmers Court and asked the residents to record their own personal messages of thanks on camera. We then played the video to the whole company at the All Together (Camelot’s business-wide update) with an unsuspecting Adam in the audience. There were tears and laughter from an emotional audience as the video played and after roaring round of applause, Adam received a well-deserved standing ovation. It really was a magical moment and one that we won’t forget for a long time to come. Adam was totally blown away by the whole thing:
"It was an absolutely amazing shock, it was really nice to see all my favourites there. I was overwhelmed to be quite honest, I couldn't put it all together, it was a bit like a blur. It was absolutely fantastic. You've had a hard day at work and you go there at lunch time and just seeing their faces, playing silly games, having a little sing-along, you're kind of walking out there after on cloud 9."
Watch the moment we surprised Adam here:
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