This week is Volunteers’ Week, and we’ve been reflecting on how lucky and grateful we are here at Autism Wessex to all the fantastic individuals who help, care and support our clients and staff day in and day out just because they really, really want to! 


This year has looked a little different for many charities; coronavirus has thrown challenges at us left, right and centre and without our dedicated volunteers, a lot of what we usually do to support our service users simply wouldn’t have been able to continue. 

Thanks to these wonderful people and many more, our charity has still been able to continue online fundraising, our school has been able to stay open for all of our students and our residential homes and community service are still fully operational and fully staffed for those who need us, now more than ever. 

A huge thank you to: 

Our fabulous trustees 

Richard Strachan 

Martin James 

Malcolm Farrell 

Julie Shield 

James Brazier 

Hugh Dampney 

Harry Nash 

Gabriella Crouch 

Our brilliant volunteer school governors 

Vanda North 

Lois Knight 

Lucy Strickland 

Larissa Cribb 

Graham Whitehead 

Harry Nash 

Jane Newell 

Joan Dampney  

Our tremendous members of volunteer staff 

Matthew Hickling 

Robert Ward

Paul Winter

Lauren Bartlett

Sharon Brown

Ben Cranny

Kevin Cannon

Dagmara Czernecka

And all of our brilliant staff members who volunteer their spare time to help us

And all the other amazing people who have helped Autism Wessex this year 

Parents of Portfield School (POPS)

Eloise Gullis

Peter Burt

Conor Mullan

Sheila Nash

Craig Sedgwick

Sam Hurst

Shaun Allen

The team at AFC Bournemouth

Grapevine

Phoenix Digital Media

Barclays

Wessex Water

Nationwide

JP Morgan

Bournemouth Lions

Ferndown Lions

Dorset Cadets

Dorset Police Cadets

Helping Hands

Harry Redknapp



Did you know:

The estimated annual value of volunteers helping UK charities is £22.6bn!  

‘Wanting to do good’ is the most common motivation to volunteer. 46% of people said that they volunteer to improve things and help others.   

If you’re interested in volunteering for Autism Wessex, please click here to chat with our Volunteer Coordinator, Maureen! 

Autism Wessex is registered in England & Wales under charity number 1000792 at Charity Hub, Portfield School, Parley Lane, Christchurch, BH23 6BP. We use cookies to improve your experience using this website.
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