A new direction for Jason

Volunteering for Agewell has led to the start of a new full time career for Jason Denny and a whole new direction in life.

Having been an undertaker for 25 years, Jason ended up on long term sick leave for a year and knew it was too much to return to the profession.

Jason’s mother, Valerie, was already volunteering at the Agewell shop at Sandwell Hospital and she suggested that Jason started helping out there too.

“I started volunteering in the shop for one day a week, as well as taking the trolley out to the wards,” explains Jason. “I found I really enjoyed it so I increased it to two days a week, then five days! I loved talking to the older patients and found it fascinating listening to what they had to say.”

When the opportunity to work on the Sapphire Service arose, Jason jumped at the chance. “I was asked by Agewell if I’d be interested in applying for a job as a Community Pathfinder for the Sapphire Service as they could see I had empathy with the patients,” says Jason. “I couldn’t have thought of anything better.

“I had started to get to know the patients and ward staff while I was doing the trolley run, so I knew that would be a big advantage when I moved onto the Sapphire Service.

“I absolutely love it. I love dealing with people. I love hearing the stories that older people tell. I love being involved. I’m still only 46 so young enough to take a new direction in life,” Jason adds. “I was looking for a change of career and the Sapphire Service is just perfect.”

If you are interested in volunteering for Agewell, please give us a call on 0121 796 9333 and ask for a copy of our volunteering leaflet and application form. There are lots of opportunities available and all ages are welcome.