Thirty hours for thirty years

October 15th, 2019

Written by Katy Winship

September was The Cellar Trust’s (ACS’ 2019 charity partner) 30th anniversary. In celebration of this momentous milestone we pledged to commit at least 30 hours of volunteering at the Trust’s café, shop, woodwork room and garden. And boy, did we deliver our promise. It’s safe to say everybody who took part thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Here's what our ACS’ers have to say about their time:


I volunteered for an afternoon in the woodwork dept and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. Michael, who was in charge, made me feel welcome and helped me know where everything was. I constructed a bird nesting box in the time I had available and Michael is going to use it as a template for service users to follow.

They support people who need a creative outlet to help with their illness and work flexibly to fit in with people’s differing needs. I would be happy to give more time where I can.


The Catering Manager, Heather, ran the café like clockwork. She was really appreciative of the help and always had a smile on her face. I was shown the ropes by a lovely gentleman called Paul who really made me feel welcome.

It was great to see how much hard work goes on with the café becoming more and more popular.


I had volunteered to help out with Horticulture for The Cellar Trust. I really enjoyed helping and chatting to the lovely people who are clearly gaining a lot from spending their time there. I spent most of my time clearing and digging weeds from all the shrubbery around the front and side of the building making the place look nice and neat.

They all seemed very happy and one of the ladies I met, Shirley, explained to me how she enjoys having somewhere to go that gets her out of the house. She enjoys the sense of community and friendships she has formed but particularly enjoys gardening as it gets her out in the fresh air.


During my volunteering time at the local Cellar Trust shop, I spent 4 hours sorting donations out in to separate areas. We cleared all the morning’s deliveries which covered the whole upstairs, then after that we sorted out the stock that was going downstairs to be sold. I also moved 30 bags of books for a customer to their car.

All in all, it was hard work but a really enjoyable experience, the staff were lovely and made me feel really welcome and I would happily do it again.

Tom and Emily

Both Tom and I really enjoyed our time volunteering in the café. From pot washing and clearing up breakfast service to serving customers and prepping for lunch service, the kitchen was busy all day. Catering Manager, Heather, was grateful for the extra help and as the café was short staffed that day. Tom and I felt like we did manage to actually help (rather than be a hindrance!)

The staff at the café work ridiculously hard and by the end of our shift we were absolutely shattered – I actually had a sleep as soon as I got home! Fabulous café run by great people and a really worthy charity! I would volunteer there again in a heartbeat.

Find out more about our charity partnership scheme here