The chief executive of Dudley Council volunteered today (June 18) at a Halesowen extra care housing scheme for older people, as part of Volunteers’ Month.

John Polychronakis kept the tea, coffee and conversation flowing at a Royal Voluntary Service coffee morning at Beulah Court, on Stourbridge Road.

As well as serving the refreshments, John helped to run the literature-themed quiz and charades game.

Sixty-one year old John said:

“I’ve had great fun today.  The Royal Voluntary Service does an amazing job helping older people to get the best out of life and I’ve really enjoyed getting involved.

“I’d advise anyone with even the smallest amount of time on their hands to volunteer for a good cause.  Not only does it benefit others who will appreciate your help, but you will also have a good time.”

Kirsty McGarvey, service manager at Royal Voluntary Service, who dressed up as Red Riding Hood for the literature-themed event, added:

“It’s been wonderful having John with us today.  He got totally stuck in and was a big hit with the residents.  At RVS we depend upon volunteers to provide the wide level of services that we run for older people.  We believe that old age should be celebrated and that everyone should feel valued or involved, no matter what their age.  If you have any time to spare please consider volunteering for us.”

To volunteer, or find out more about Royal Voluntary Service, call 01384 817282.