Celebrating Volunteer Week

Posted by Tina Baker on 3 June 2015

 The Orchard Trust wanted to get involved in Volunteer week so we have decided to celebrate our volunteers by looking at some of the roles in the Trust.  A BIG thank you to all our Volunteers and all the time you have given!

Jamie Powell

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What is your role in the Orchard Trust? - I am the lead Fundraiser one day a week but I also Volunteer 2 days a week helping out with Fundraising and Marketing.

What made you Volunteer for the Trust? - Originally I entered the Trust as a volunteer to gain experience in preparation for a Social Work degree.  After 6 months developing valuable experience and knowledge I decided I wanted to stay with the Trust as a regular Admin and Fundraising volunteer, so put my degree plans on hold.  Although my plans have changed my ambition has not,  knew I wanted to do something meaningful to support people reach their full potential and that is what the Trust does.

What do you enjoy about Volunteering? - Volunteering with the Orchard Trust is very social and a great place to learn new skills and develop current ones.  I really feel that volunteering is a great way to give back to the community.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking about Volunteering? - If you are thinking about Volunteering I would say do something that you enjoy but don't be afraid to try something new.

Thank you Jamie for all the time you given to the Trust!

Bill McLaughlin

What is your role at The Orchard Trust? - Tending to the sensory garden

sensory garden 1


What made you Volunteer at the Trust? - Various reasons, mainly I had free time and I wanted to do something positive with that time.

What do you enjoy about Volunteering? - Meeting the clients and staff.  The support from the Trust.  getting a feel good factor from doing something positive, seeing the difference I made to the garden and hearing the positive feedback from variuos people.

What advice would you give anyone who was thinking about Volunteering? - You have nothing to loose and so much to gain, don't think about it just do it, you may even surprise yourself!

Thank you Bill for all of your hard work!

Caroline Jones of Fashion Revived


My role is fundraising help and general office minion!!

I volunteer for the Trust because I want to be useful, the Trust is local and the Trust does brilliant work and deserves any help I can give.

When Volunteering I enjoy the company of the people I work with, I enjoy finding opportunities the Trust can take advantage of and hope to get great satisfaction from getting money from these funding streams so that some of the Trust's 'wishes' can be granted.

I would advise anybody looking into volunteering to try doing something they enjoy in the first instance but to change their role if they find they don't really enjoy what they are doing (ie don't just leave).


Thank you Caroline for your help in the Trust and Happy Volunteers Week!

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