Volunteers’ Week 2023: Donna

Why did you decide to volunteer, and why Hamelin Trust?

I feel passionately about enabling people to be creative. I am a full time artist and when I have some time between major contracts I like to spread enthusiasm and the joy that creating work can bring. I chose Hamelin Trust because it is a wonderful organisation full of enthusiastic, caring people and some fabulously colourful characters.

I am incredibly inspired by the extraordinary work of Hamelin Trust, a remarkable organisation dedicated to supporting people with learning disabilities and autism. The charity’s unwavering commitment and genuine love for their people shine through in every interaction and initiative.

It is evident everyone goes above and beyond to enrich people’s lives, fostering a sense of belonging, empowerment, and joy. Through their dedicated efforts, they create a safe and nurturing environment where everyone can thrive and reach their fullest potential.

The passion and dedication exhibited by the team at Hamelin Trust are truly commendable. They are making a lasting difference by spreading love, acceptance, and inclusion.


What’s the best thing about volunteering?

One of the many great things about volunteering is the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of others. By giving your time, skills, and energy, you can contribute to meaningful causes, support communities in need, and help individuals facing various challenges.


What do you as a volunteer get out of volunteering?

I enjoy working with people with learning disabilities because I believe in the power of inclusivity and the importance of supporting and uplifting every member of our community. Witnessing their unique strengths, resilience, and joy has been a truly rewarding experience. It has allowed me to learn, grow, and develop a deeper understanding of diversity, empathy, and compassion. It has also given me the opportunity to make a positive impact, create meaningful connections, and contribute to a more inclusive and supportive society. Ultimately, volunteering with people with learning disabilities has enriched my life in countless ways, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of their journey.


What would you say to someone who is thinking about volunteering?

It is a fine thing to be able to make a difference to members of our community. It will enrich your life and give you a sense of pride to know that you can impact lives in this positive way. Your valuable time and input can make a difference to each and every person.