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Where OE Will Hammond is now

Old Elizabethan Will Hammond (2006 - 2013) shares where he is now, and how OEs can get involved with 'Adopt a Grandparent'
10 Apr 2024
Written by Abi Purvis
OE News
Will Hammond
Will Hammond

We spoke to OE Will Hammond about his time at QEH, where he is now, and how you can support 'Adopt a Grandparent' 

When were you at QEH

I was at QEH from 2006 - 2013.

What do you now?

I work for CHD Living, a private family owned care company, in the marketing and wellbeing department. 

What is ‘Adopt a Grandparent?’

Adopt A Grandparent is a socially driven, charitable organisation that is committed to reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation, by virtually pairing volunteers with members of the senior community and facilitating video calls and messaging through our dedicated app . Our aim is to bring people together, enabling them to forge meaningful and lasting relationships. 

Why is ‘Adopt a Grandparent’ important to you?

Adopt A Grandparent highlights the importance of conversation and companionship, and, by being the simplest of ideas with greatest of potentials, shows how its the little things in life that really matter. I've been privileged to follow the journeys of our senior citizens and their volunteers, watching their friendships, interests and enjoyment in communicating with one another grow, and see the joy and excitement gained from having someone new to talk to. Often, our participants are those who have never had the opportunity to connect with a different generation, and are looking to fill the void and create a meaningful intergenerational relationship. However, the scheme is open to anyone and is a great way to connect with others and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.

How can OEs get involved with ‘Adopt a Grandparent’?

As an expansion of what we have built at Adopt A Grandparent, I am interested in seeking current QEH pupils and Old Elizabethans who are interested in using our platform to pair up and form a new, inter-generational companionship, based on similar hobbies and interests, including, for example, a chance to bond over their school experiences in different times. For pupils, we are recognised by Duke of Edinburgh, and the volunteering requirement of the award can be completed through our scheme. For Old Elizabethans, we present a unique opportunity to strike up a new companionship with a younger generation which can promote a sense of purpose and motivation, reduce any feelings of loneliness and isolation, and enhance cognitive function. We also welcome interest from other senior citizens who would like to be paired up with a pupil, such as parents of current Old Elizabethans. 

Where can OEs find out more information?

For more information you can watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5RmXjossMY and if you are interested in participating, email me directly at whammond@chdliving.co.uk. Please note, having some virtual capacity is required to participate as communication is primarily through video calls, for example on an ipad or tablet. However, other schemes, such as letter writing and in person visits can be explored too. 

When were you last at QEH?

I was last at QEH for an Old Elizabethans vs Current XI football match several years ago. The scoreline didn't end well for the OE's so I've not been back since! 

Can you share a memory of your era at QEH?

I have fond memories of both having a peer mentor and being one, especially the bowling trip! It showed me the value of looking out for one another, which has propelled me into the  care sector and is why I am passionate about this charitable cause. As the saying goes, whilst we have time, let us do good. 

 

Thank you to Will for sharing his update! If you would like to get involved with Adopt a Grandparent please contact Will by emailing whammond@chdliving.co.uk

If you would like to share where you are now, please get in touch with Abi apurvis@qehbristol.co.uk

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