For several months now a young man called Ellis has been coming regularly to Herbert House in Liverpool. His father approached me months ago to ask if his son could volunteer around our buildings and residents, in part fulfilment of his “Community Service” category for his bronze level Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
I enthusiastically welcomed Ellis, who is only 15 years old. He quickly endeared himself over a cup of tea in our lounge to our residents, who are all very willing to bend Ellis’ ear with stories of their days abroad. Ellis laps these up very courteously and patiently. He tells me that he never expected to learn so much from our chaps.
Whether it is hauling furniture or clearing storage rooms, cutting the grass, clearing leaves from the driveways or wiring up a TV set, Ellis has turned his hand to anything I have asked him to do with me.
Being so young, he provides us here in Herbert House to glimpse into a young life; his likes and dislikes, interests, hobbies, studies and future hopes for a career as an actor. He has lost any shyness he might have had when he first came to Herbert House, and now floats around our lounge at tea time chatting, listening and learning. It is good to have Ellis with us.
Paul F. Mooney MHM