Staunton Country Park (Monday to Friday)
Our wonderful teams of Supported volunteers do essential work at Staunton, and are seen as an integral and important part of the overall staff team.
- Growing Vegetables to be sold in the Staunton Shop
- Lawn mowing and hedge trimming
- Growing plants – all plants used by the garden team and sold in the shop are grown by TRTW. We have three large poly tunnels where much of the work takes place
- Preparing bags of animal food to sell to the visitors
- Litter picking in and around the visitor areas and wider parklands
- Crafts connected with outdoor life, using materials sourced in the park
- General maintenance of the site, painting, cleaning as appropriate and/or necessary
- Harvesting and preparing produce for sale
- Keeping the sales area full and appealing
- Collecting and sawing wood for ‘fire wood’ sold in the shop
Supported Volunteers have the opportunity to choose which work activities they would like to be involved in each morning and afternoon. Support from Barbie, Julia, Keith, Louise or Richard is based on levels of independence, the more independent will often work with peer support provided by our team of Team Leaders, all who have a learning disability. Developing greater independence is key to the success of this provision, it’s a large, safe and fabulous working environment that allows are supported volunteers to increase their confidence and self esteem – gradually allowing individuals to work with less support.
We don’t work directly with the animals at Staunton, but much of our work is in and around the farm, giving us ample opportunities to get to know the animals characters and be at hand during the ‘births’ of the many ‘babies’ born throughout the year.
Henderson Gardens (Wednesday and Friday)
TRTW is now running a project from the Henderson Road greenhouse. This includes maintenance and development of the gardens there and at New Road, possibly Russets will be included in the future.
This is a fabulous horticulture provision, offering a very focused but relaxed working environment. Supported by Louise, who has immense horticultural knowledge and experience, our Supported Volunteers are working hard to improve the gardens of the day services, making them more inviting and stimulating for the day service users.
The greenhouse at Henderson Road is huge, so overtime we intend to grow and offer plants and vegetables for sale to locals.
Working in this environment allows people to complete the work they like, but also try new things and increase their skills, knowledge and understanding of plants and horticulture generally. During the cold months Louise is keen to develop a workshop, making fabulous goods to sell locally or from the shop within Staunton- our Supported Volunteers could start earning some money from this.
Many of the people who attended Shaw Trust have now moved to TRTW – it’s a new provision which will develop and improve over time.