This was a first for us! Yvonne, our longest standing volunteer, announced that she would be doing her final placement this year …. and she wondered if her granddaughter Ellie could volunteer alongside her! It seemed particularly appropriate that Yvonne’s granddaughter should accompany her on her final placement – Yvonne is ‘Grandma’ not only to Ellie but also to so many people at the projects where she has volunteered over the years (see this article about Yvonne written in 2018). This time she acquired a new name – Ellie calls Yvonne Nana and at the school where they volunteered together (Mary’s Little Lambs in The Gambia) the children call their teachers Aunty – so Yvonne’s new title is Aunty Nana!
This is what they both had to say about the experience.