PENSIONER Nancy Whitwam hasn’t time for work these days – she’s far too busy helping other people.
Nancy, 76, of Fartown, puts in a full working week as a volunteer for Agewell.
She spends countless hours talking to and supporting elderly people and helps run day care at Birkby Croft sheltered housing where she is also chairman of the management committee.
Every Tuesday she leads a group of older people on a full day excursion. The day trips are the highlight of the week for many participants and destinations have included Manchester, York and Scarborough.
A typical week for Nancy – a former rag trade worker – involves the type of duties more commonly associated with a chief executive such as attending Agewell planning and funding meetings, dealing with the group’s membership, policies and procedures, enlisting business support and supervising workers and volunteers.
She is also involved with the Fartown Village Hall committee, is chairman of her local Neighbourhood Watch and a member of the new Community First panel in Ashbrow which tries to attract funding to the area.
She is currently involved in trailblazing inter-generational work linking the elderly with pupils at North Huddersfield Trust School in Fartown.
Agewell’s Graham Hellawell said: “Nancy has shown outstanding commitment to the communities of Fartown and Birkby. She is deeply dedicated to supporting older people in the area and is well respected for work she does.
“She never complains about the amount of time she puts in and will always go that extra mile.
“She is unflinching and passionate in her commitment to improve the lives of older people.”
Nancy, who has volunteered for Agewell for 11 years, said: “I get out of it more than I put in. I have made loads of friends and I get a real pleasure out of helping others.
“I am a great believer in community cohesion”.