Carole Houston volunteers at an Age NI day centre in Ballyclare for older people living with dementia.

'I had some free time on my hands - my children had grown up and no longer lived at home - so I wanted to offer a helping hand to local older people and those who care for them.'

'It's one of the best things I’ve ever done. It’s rewarding to know that I’m helping people with dementia to live a full and happy life and giving their family member or carer an opportunity to leave their loved one or friend in our care for a few hours. They deserve a break too.

'I've made firm friends, met lots of lovely people and gained self confidence. Try volunteering. It's a wonderful feeling to help improve later life for another person.'

Read more about becoming a Day Centre Volunteer.

To volunteer, fill out the volunteer form, telephone 028 9024 5729 or email [email protected]