Volunteers' Week: Settling in to a New Area

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Posted 4th June 2020

Settling in to a New Area

This week is Volunteers' Week and to mark the occasion we're asking our volunteers why volunteering is important to them. Vanessa and her daughter Millie are members of our 250 strong team and explain how volunteering at Watts helped them settle into a new area.

We moved into our house 31st October 2018, from a completely different area

Because we moved to a new area, we didn't know anyone, we knew about Watts as a friend had taken us there, we loved the atmosphere of the gallery so much, so we thought we would sign up as volunteers so that we could meet some local people and start finding some social contacts.

Millie was at school so she was only able to help at the weekends, but we had a chat with the lovely Tom and he was more than happy for Millie to help out when she can, as long as she worked with me as she is under 18.

We have both really enjoyed the many events at Watts; each of the new temporary exhibitions; meeting Edmund De Waal; the wine tasting; Surrey open day; many volunteer events, such a huge list, there is always something happening at Watts. We have enjoyed meeting the other volunteers and love hearing their and visitor stories about the gallery, looking forward to getting back to the gallery again, we desperately miss the Tea Shop's homemade fare.

Our volunteers support us in a range of ways - whether that's welcoming visitors in the Gallery as a steward or in the Visitor Centre, leading tours and giving talks, supporting our learning programme, working with our Curatorial team or ensuring our gardens and grounds are looked after. Click here to find out more about becoming a volunteer or contact Claire Griffin at Claire.griffin@wattsgallery.org.uk