Our volunteers are a lifeline to Cherry Trees and without the tremendous support of our amazing volunteers and donors Cherry Trees would not exist.  They carry out vital activities and support that enables Cherry Trees to make a real difference to so many and without them we would not be able to provide the much needed short breaks that families with children with disabilities so desperately need.

We are always looking for people to join our friendly and busy team and volunteering with Cherry Trees is a tangible way to give something back to your community, as well as gain experience and meet new people.  Volunteering can help you be part of something outside your friends and family and gives you the chance to try something new, achieve hidden personal goals, utilise your talents and most of all have a great time whilst making a big difference.

Whether you can offer a few hours, a regular day or would be interested in supporting a short term project, there are many ways for you to give your time, skills and energy to us.

How You can Help

Get on the road as a driver

Join our band of volunteer drivers to drive one of our minibuses to transport our children to and from school or to the various activities that we take them to outside of Cherry Trees.  Drivers need to be over 25 and hold a full UK driving licence, we will provide training if you haven’t driven a minibus before.

 

Cooking for our children

We take pride in the fact that the food that we provide for our children is freshly prepared and very tasty! We are looking for a volunteer that has a passion for cooking home baked meals. If you can spare some time to dish up a lovely meal at lunch time, dinner or tea time we would love to hear from you.

 

Cake Bakers

Do you enjoy cake making and baking? We run numerous events throughout the year to raise much needed funds for Cherry Trees and we are always looking for people to make and bake cakes for these events. A great way to help us from the comfort of your home!

 

Gardening

We are currently looking for volunteers to help maintain our front and back gardens and if you have an interest in growing vegetables, to also help our children to plant and grow vegetables in our garden.

 

Maintenance

Do you like DIY? With 100 children using Cherry Trees we have odd jobs every day that need doing from washing the mini bus to painting or fixing door handles. Do get in touch if you have skills to help us keep Cherry Trees a well maintained ‘home from home’. Whether you are happy to undertake odd jobs or help our Head of care to manage the maintenance of the vehicles and building, we would be grateful for any support. 

 

Finance & IT

We currently have to outsource our IT and any additional advice we require over and above of our IT package is an additional cost so we would greatly benefit from some expert advice.  We also have one accountant who works 1.5 days a week which is a stretch for over 40 employees, if you have a financial background or are confident with figures and computer literate and could spare a few hours to assist her, you would be much appreciated.

 

Events

Our fundraising department organise a variety of events throughout the year, such as charity golf days, balls, operas, bridge teas, comedy nights and a host of collections days.  We are always looking for people to either help organise, promote or help out events, in any way that you would feel comfortable

 

Cleaning

You can imagine the state of our house after 14 children leave after a fun filled stay! Our carers do a wonderful job at keeping the house presentable but at weekends and holiday periods they struggle to keep up with the house chores whilst looking after the children. Do you enjoy transforming a messy room into an organised, clean and tidy space? Our carers would be so grateful if you could spare a few hours during our really busy periods. 

 

Children’s activities

Do you have an interest in art, drama, music or are great at organising games? Our children love to play, be creative and listen and dance to music. If you could spare some time on a regular basis whether it be monthly or weekly to help give our children a fun time whilst with us please get in touch.

 

If you are interested in volunteering in any way shape or form we would love to hear from you. We are committed to safeguarding our vulnerable children so volunteering posts will require a DBS check. We will help you to apply for one and will cover the cost.  Call our friendly fundraising office on 01483 222507 or email [email protected]