Georgina – Love Your Neighbour match with Beryl in Dulwich
"I found out about South London Cares through a work event, just as it was being established in early 2014. I signed up to volunteer as soon as it started and have been involved for 10 months now.
My grandparents aren’t around any more and I don’t otherwise meet or get to know older neighbours where I live. Through the Love Your Neighbour scheme, I've gained a friendship with an older person. Every fortnight I visit Beryl (a fascinating 88-year-old lady) and her two ‘carpet-on-legs’ dogs in Dulwich. We drink tea, sit on the sofa and chat. I run my own business and it's a great way to take time out.
I love it when Beryl tells stories about her life - what she sees as the golden days - and when she shares her opinion of the world today. It’s great fun and a reminder for me to take the time to hang out with people from different generations, live in the moment and enjoy my life as it is right now; especially when Beryl tells me how fast time seems to fly for her!
It really is a brilliant thing to do - it's fun! I've benefitted from hearing the perspective of an older person on life, the world and how everything has changed."