Volunteer Manager Mandy (standing) with two of Willow Wood’s volunteers, David & Carole.

It’s the start of 2018, and the time when we all make our New Year’s resolutions. 

Two which seem to be at the top of many people’s lists are making new friends and doing something good for the community.  Willow Wood can help you succeed in keeping these – become part of our wonderful team of volunteers!

You could decide to join our busy retail division, either in one of our conveniently located shops or cafes, as part of our online sales team, as one of our volunteer delivery drivers, or helping in our busy distribution centre.  You could join our receptionists and become the first face people see on visiting Willow Wood.  You could become part of the fundraising team, helping organise or run events.  Whatever path you choose you’ll know that you’ll be with like-minded, friendly people with the same aims and values – helping others in your community.

If your time is already committed, there are many other ways that you can help do something good.  Think about making a donation to our retail division when you sort out your wardrobe or buy new household goods.  We have eight high street shops, and a thriving online sales department where we sell a wide range of goods though Ebay, Amazon and the specialist online record store Discogs.  The PAD in Stalybridge and our shop on Oldham Road in the Waterloo area of Ashton sell furniture, so if you’re buying a new dining table, sofa or other item, please think of us and donate rather than dump your old furniture if it is in a good, saleable condition.

This year, it has taken £2.3million to enable Willow Wood to care for the thousands of local people who pass through our doors, and these costs will only increase.  You could help us by taking part in one of our fundraising events. Whether diving with sharks or skydiving is on your bucket list, or you prefer something more sedate such as a cream tea or coffee morning, or a great family fun event like our Bubble Rush or Monster March we are sure to have something you’ll enjoy in our diary.  Keep in touch with our upcoming events on social media or our website,

Willow Wood has many opportunities for you to get involved, and we are always very grateful for your support.  On behalf of the trustees, staff, volunteers and patients may we wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year.