Gardening although it may sound funny is the only thing that keeps me happy when I’m outside doing a job like that, I would like to help out more with gardening as long as Albany are happy with my work.

MS joined Albany Housing Trust in September 2020, initially living in a larger accommodation and is now in his own self-contained flat as of October 2021, there had been barriers affected him in maintaining settled accommodation. He had always taken pride in being an artist and was able to express himself through his art. He volunteered to decorate our office with our values and missions using a variation of colours using POSCA graffiti pens. MS has also been volunteering at Albany Housing Trust with painting and creating amazing art work for our accommodations. MS has a passion for art work and hopes to one day create a website to showcase his art.

KS and JS carried out some voluntary gardening at Albany Housing Trust head office, they did a fantastic job

I have made some big and major steps since joining Albany Housing Trust, when I joined them I was homeless. Since being housed with Albany Housing Trust I have been given the opportunity to embark on painting volunteer work, I absolutely love painting especially when the job is completed and you get to see the satisfaction on everyone’s face, it definitely boosts morale. My focus is to get back to working in full time employment.

‘MS carrying out voluntary works at his new accommodation. He has progressed through the service from a three bed to a two bed property. Well done MS!’

At Albany Housing Trust, we value the contribution of our volunteers highly. Participants in our VP have come from people in the local community wanting to make a difference, people seeking work experience.

Volunteering at AHT offers you the chance to:

Develop a professional rapport with clients

Support client recovery through engagement and empowerment

Organise One-to-One and Peer Group Sessions,

Deliver Art / Cooking Workshops and supervise Days Trips to museums / art / culture

Cultivate self-esteem and confidence

Support clients in developing skills and ambitions

Support and signpost clients to academic or vocational opportunities

Shadow and assist staff

Volunteers can take away with them: 

Experience of working directly with those with complex mental health needs

An array of skills concerning communication, client engagement and recovery

The opportunity to apply your existing practical and theoretical knowledge

Useful experience for a career in social or mental health work

 All Volunteers receive training covering Company Induction, a Person Centred Holistic Approach to Recovery, various Recovery Models, Empowerment for Decision Making and Self Esteem, Motivational Interviewing and much more.

 At AHT all our Volunteers have their travel and food expenses paid for.

Our clients possess a myriad of skills. Freshly cut garden and jet washed patio.