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Here at the Trust we are very fortunate to have over 201 volunteers throughout all our enterprises. From volunteers at Number 73 Aldwick Road, in our charity shop, as part of the Adopt a Station project and at the Aldingbourne Country Centre. Every single volunteer makes a real difference to the people we support.
So as part of Volunteer Week we have been taking the opportunity to thank all our volunteers here at the Trust.
Nigel volunteers in our Earthworks department on a Thursday each week, and has been doing so for just under a year now. He brings support, creativity and a smile each day he volunteers. Not only does Nigel volunteer in Earthworks, he also gives up his time to help transport the people we support from our supported living services to Chichester each week.
Colin has been volunteering with us since 2012, he volunteers in our Adopt a Station Project, which goes out to local railway stations making sure that the planters are watered, topped up and looking beautiful. Colin also organises Adopt a Station social events, such as bowling nights, to keep the team happy and connected.
Jean has been one of our core horticulture volunteers for almost three years now. She regularly helps to ensure the grounds of the Trust look tidy and welcoming. She also delivers weaving workshops in Earthworks.
Volunteering for the Trust is a truly rewarding experience as well as a fantastic way to learn new skills, meet new people and get involved in your local community. We have a variety of volunteering opportunities across all of our projects, so we are sure to have something to suit everyone. We couldn’t do it without you.
We also have regular support from many corporate volunteers from organisations including: Southern Water, Body Shop, Mercers, and The Kitchen Store. They have helped us by clearing our greenhouses, painting and decorating our new children’s tractor play area, and general maintenance tasks around the country centre, which has helped us save over 1352 hours per week.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or have an organisation that would like to “give a day to charity” please contact Tracy Milward at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit our website www.aldingbournetrust.org for information on our event days, becoming a member, and more about our award winning charity that supports adults with learning disabilities and / or autism to live independent lives.