Welwyn Garden City locals working over festive season to help the elderly
Published: 18 Dec 2017
While many are tucking into their turkeys, there are lots of people still at work providing essential services for the county.
Hertfordshire County Council workers are among the thousands of people in the county working across the festive season to make sure residents are kept safe and are able to access the services they need.
From firefighters and gritter drivers to social workers and community care officers, Hertfordshire County Council staff will be working over Christmas to help others.
Welwyn Garden City local Tony Kundi, 69, is one such person who will spend his Christmas helping other people enjoy theirs by supporting the elderly who access day services.
Tony is a Driver Attendant covering the Welwyn Garden City area, driving and supporting elderly clients and adults with disabilities to attend their activities.
But Tony, who will be working on Boxing Day, is happy to be rostered over the holiday period.
“If there are clients who want to go out on Christmas Day, then we work,” he said. “This year I am only working Boxing Day, and my family don’t mind that I won’t be home.”
“Our services are important because the elderly can become quite lonely at Christmas and may not leave their home, so we take them out for the day and allow them to be with someone and get out of the house for a while.”
Also covering the Welwyn Garden City area is Driver Attendant Loraine Ambler, 50, who will be working on Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
She added: “My family understand that this is my line of work and so I have to work over the festive period, I wouldn’t be doing this job if I wasn’t prepared to work over Christmas.”
“It’s great to get elderly people out and about during the holidays, especially those who don’t have family around or are on their own. They love to socialise with the other clients and come to a nice, warm place.”
David Williams, Leader of Hertfordshire County Council, said: “We are immensely grateful to all our workers and the other residents of Hertfordshire who are prepared to sacrifice their family time to help others in the county.
“I would like to wish all our residents a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.”