What our volunteers say
Rose White has been volunteering at Hft for more than 20 years, and helps out at her local service, supporting people with learning disabilities - and indulging her love of baking.
“It seems like only yesterday that I became an Hft volunteer, but I actually started in 1991. How time flies!
I was really nervous when I came for the interview. I say 'interview' but it was much more informal than that. I was shown around the house and introduced to everyone.
It's always been very varied. One week I'll help cook lunch, another week I'll walk with them to the village shop. I love helping them make cakes and scones for The Tea Cup Cafe. It's a creative initiative set up to include nominal charges, and helps individuals practice basic money skills. The money goes to specially chosen charities.
We always try to do extra baking, putting cakes away for the summer fete, art show and coffee mornings. We've also been asked to run afternoon teas as part of the National Garden Scheme.
Faces have changed over the years, but there's always mess and noise and laughter and fun. What I like most about volunteering is there's no pressure and I always feel valued. The staff are very thoughtful too, including me in all kinds of events and outings. I feel like part of the place.”