Sharon helped launch a mini business
When mother of two Sharon Pigott, of Fetcham, (right of photo) decided to try volunteer work at The Grange, she had no idea she’d be helping launch a successful mini fudge business. “I didn’t know anything about learning disabilities or fudge before I started but you learn as you go. Now I’m used to supporting the four ladies who make the fudge and I know just where they need help. We have a great time and there’s a lot of banter. “You may not think you have any skills but you do. And you get a lot out of it yourself – it’s a two-way thing.”
David is a retired surveyor and now volunteers as a driver at The Grange. Every week he picks up people we support, like Jess pictured here, and drives them to one of our shops or to work experience. This saves a member of staff from having to drive, freeing them up to do key sessions or to catch up on paperwork. David drives his own car and we pay mileage. Volunteers can also drive Grange cars if they prefer
Brenda - 28 years in Creative Arts
Brenda is our longest serving volunteer, having helped in the Creative Arts & Textiles department for the last 28 years! A keen crafter herself, she has helped scores of people finish their projects by adding backing to tapestries and cushions, sewing together bunting and sorting out knitting problems! Many of our volunters stay with us a long time - some take breaks for holidays or to care for grandchildren - but they are always welcome back.
Carolyn worked previously as a clinic administrator before deciding to volunteer at The Grange. She helps in our Granary kitchen. This is small kitchen where people learn the basic of cooking for themselves - including health and hygiene, washing up and tidying the kitchen. For someone with a learning disability, cooking their own lunch is a great achievement and a milestone towards independence.