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Selfridges Volunteer at the Farm!

30/08/2023

Selfridges, Manchester have been using some of their volunteer days to support CAFT with their first visit being to CAFTFest, our accessible family festival, on the first weekend of July. Volunteer tasks during the festival included helping with refreshments, crafts, parking, woodland activities, marshmallow toasting, tombola and cleaning. With 2,000 children attending CAFTFest over the weekend, we wouldn’t be able to provide such a huge range of activities without our army of wonderful volunteers to help run the show.

David Moreland, Facilities Manager at Selfridges gave feedback from their experience; “I know for certain that we all had a fantastic day supporting at CAFTfest and seeing the work that you do for the families and children.”

Not only do we recruit volunteers for our seasonal events for the children, we also have several maintenance days available throughout the year; a great opportunity to get stuck in on the farm as part of a team building day. Selfridges brought some of their team members to CAFT earlier this month to give us a helping hand with gardening and painting. Along with donating their time, Selfridges secured funding to support their volunteer day that helps us pay for the resources and materials to provide the most beneficial and enjoyable day as possible for the teams – which in turn frees up vital funds to provide more visits to children who so desperatley need it.

Martine Eastwood, Brand Specialist at Selfridges left with some lovely words: “Thank you so much for a very rewarding day at CAFT it’s such a wonderful charity, & the team are doing such an amazing job for the kids – such a great place to relax and enjoy a special time!”

Thank you so much to Selfridges for their hard work and using their time to make a different at CAFT. The teams are now keen to come back later in the year to help with Halloween and Christmas!

 

Would you like to volunteer at CAFT?

We have a range of opportunities for a fun and meaningful way to give your time:

  • Maintenance Days; Volunteer as a group to help us keep on top of our beautiful site for children to explore, play and make memories!
  • Activity Programmes; we run seasonal programmes including Easter, CAFTfest, Halloween and Christmas parties. A large number of volunteers are needed on weekdays and weekends to provide amazing experiences for children and their families.
  • Offsite Community Days; We have exciting opportunities for awareness raising and fundraising off site through our community connections. These can include shaking tins, running a CAFT stall, dressing in our mascot costumes or holding a raffle at a community event.
  • Fundraising Events; Our year is filled with many exciting events to help us raise funds. From our Quiz Night to a Golf Day to our Grand Christmas Ball, we need volunteers to ensure the events run smoothly and help with tasks including packing goody bags, raffle ticket selling, auction spotting and more!
  • Charity Shop; We have a lovely charity shop in Knutsford – could you spare a few hours a week to help with organising and displaying stock and attending to customers?

If you’d like to hear more, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Roger on 01565 830053 / volunteers@caft.co.uk