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WHY WE volunteer

When you do good for others, they aren’t the only ones to reap the benefits, as these three women have discovered

HELPING HAND

Lynne’s classes teach more than just crafting

“OLDER PEOPLE OPEN UP TO ME AS THEY DO MY CRAFT CLASSES”

Retiree Lynne Razavi, 51, from London, is an ex-therapist who offers free crafts classes for the elderly

‘Due to my mother’s declining health – she had kidney problems and chose not to have dialysis – I’ve spent a lot of time over the last 10 years in care homes for the elderly. My mum was a quiet lady and it was often difficult for her to open up. So eight years ago I started offering craft classes to the elderly at her home in Attleborough, Norfolk, as I’ve always been passionate about crafting. I’d use recycled bits and pieces donated by friends – shoe boxes, ribbon, glitter and wrapping paper – and help them make cards and gift boxes. It was an instant success. At first, I gave classes in five homes, but today I only visit two homes, three or four times a month. But around Christmas, I’ll go every week.

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Are you feeling good? Treat yourself to the February healthy magazine, focussing on how you can start the new year looking and being your best self ever. Find 25 nutritious recipes for real happy meals – including quick and filling, goodness-packed dishes. Plus, we investigate why having fun is actually good for yourself. Get #feelgood vibes for 2017 with the new digital edition of healthy.
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