Volunteers Week – Yvonne’s Story

This week is Volunteer’s Week. We could not continue to reach out to the people that need it the most without our volunteers and are so grateful to each and every one of them who give their time, energy and skills to change the lives of others. This week we asked some of our volunteers to share with us why it is that they support us, and what they enjoy about it. This is Yvonne’s story.


When I was planning my life post retirement one of the things that I wanted to do was to get involved with a theatre. I retired early so still felt that I should still be leaving the house every day. I did not want to spend all my days in self-indulgence (as wonderful as that sounds); I wanted to do something useful. At the time I did not know what I would actually be doing, I imagined myself moving props.

I had heard of Chickenshed and it was local so I applied. After three months of induction as part of the Front of House team, I contacted Frances Thomas, who is the Head of Property and Procurement, to see if there was something else I could do and more than nine years later I am still climbing the stairs every week to work in the admin office.  I like the fact that I am in an environment so very different to a city office.  

Receiving a warm welcome when I arrive, working with lovely people and doing a wide range of work keeps me coming.

I have some key criteria for any voluntary work I do. I do not want to spend more than twenty minutes travelling, I must be able to park easily, I need flexibility and most importantly lots of tea! Coming to Chickenshed meets these criteria but receiving a warm welcome when I arrive, working with lovely people and doing a wide range of work keeps me coming. I also hope I have been useful.

-Yvonne Grant