Volunteering with The Prospects Trust

We LOVE free help, willingly given and paid back in smiles. Over the 30 years of The Prospects Trust we have received 1000’s of hours of volunteer support, from our Trustee Board to our regular volunteers on Snakehall Farm we couldn’t grow without them. In 2020 we are looking to recruit more volunteers to help us develop our charitable enterprise.

On Monday 10th March from 2:30 to 4:00 pm we will be hosting a drop-in session for prospective volunteers at our new social enterprise, Prospects Trust Unwrapped in Ely (Lynn Road, Ely, CB7 4EG). Meet some of the team, look at the wide range of volunteering opportunities we have or just come to find out more about The Prospects Trust.

Please RSVP your interest at 01638741551, email [email protected] or tell our shop staff you are coming!

The variety of volunteering is endless and the returns boundless. To name some opportunities, we are looking for help in the following areas:

Co-worker Companions – at Snakehall Farm or within the Unwrapped Shop – providing a buddy to help with daily tasks.

Guest Blogger – we are looking for some creative types to help produce perfect copy for our newsletters, social media and website. Perhaps you like doing product reviews or telling a story in words or pictures. Join our creative volunteers to tell the story of Unwrapped

Community Fundraisers & Prospects Trust Ambassadors – with a fundraising target of £50K per year, our charity needs people who can spread the word, run a raffle or run a marathon. Help put the FUN into our Fundraising and work with our Development Manager to raise the £s this year.

Corporate Social Responsibility Giving Back Days – with 18 acres at our disposal we can offer a real difference to a business away day. Ditch the raft building team building sessions and get digging at Snakehall Farm.

Come help us Grow Differently at The Prospects Trust!

Co-op Good Cause? Of course we are!

We are delighted that The Prospects Trust has been picked by the Co-op Community Fund as one of their 2019/20 good causes. When Members buy Co-op branded products and services, the Co-op will give 1% to a local cause. Your support can help raise more funds to develop our work at Prospects Trust Unwrapped and improve the lives of many local residents in East Cambridgeshire, from the elderly to the young and especially our Co-workers gaining vital skills.

Your can change your good cause at any time but we would love for you to pick Prospects Trust! Please go to https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/42461 and make us your cause. If you are not already a Co-op Member but shop there please pick up your membership card and start swiping for us. Thank you for your support, we can’t wait to tell you how much we raise.

Unwrapped is recruiting

Well it has only been a month! We opened Prospects Trust Unwrapped, our new Ely GREENgrocery in September and we have already grown so busy we need a part time Barista to keep the Hot Numbers coffee flowing. Head over to our https://prospectstrust.org.uk/vacancies/ page for all the details.

Application details can be found at: https://prospectstrust.org.uk/vacancies/

The Snakehall Song 2019

We have just harvested something a bit different at Snakehall Farm and we want you to share the Snakehall Song as far and wide as you can. Do you think we could be Christmas No1 or get the Gold Buzzer from Ant & Dec?

Sing a long to the Snakehall Song or share the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MOeLWRHCFw&feature=youtu.be

The Prospects Trust’s Co-workers and support staff came together, bringing with them their dulcet tones and awe-inspiring personalities, to sing The Snakehall Song, penned by Snakehall Farm’s very own singer-songwriter Adam Vaughan.  They practiced daily in preparation for a live performance at the 30th Anniversary Farm Open Day. The impact the song had on the audience, resulted in shouts for an encore and left our co-workers and staff elated.  Now Prospects Trust wants their Snakehall Song to go viral!

With each daily farm rehearsal, the co-workers’ (people with additional needs) confidence grew and many individuals, who were nervous about performing in front of a large crowd, pulled it off on the big day and overcame their stage fright.  The Snakehall Song is now captured in film and ready to go live. The Snakehall Song has been a fun and inclusive way to showcase the many different people who are part of an exemplary Cambridgeshire care farm & social enterprise that has been “growing differently” since 1989.

Adam, Support Worker and the farm’s music maestro said “it has been a pleasure and a delight writing a song with the Co-workers of Snakehall Farm.  It was a humbling experience helping Co-workers overcome their fears around singing and performing, seeing them learn the words and actions and creating our first musical masterpiece to celebrate 30 years of growing (and now singing) of The Prospects Trust.”

Hannah, Deputy Manager said “in the seven years I have worked here I have never come across anything that has unified the Co-workers, staff and supporters of the farm and brought as much joy as the Snakehall Song.  I am ready to perform it in front of Simon Cowell but they won’t let me leave Snakehall.”

The Snakehall Song project was funded by the DOSOCO Foundation, a local charitable foundation that supports music therapy, music access, music education and the innovative use of sound and music for social good.  The whole process was captured by the Snakehall Farm team on an iPad funded by The Devil’s Dyke Morris Men. These small grants and donations have helped make magic happen.

Development Manager Maz said “we have a great desire to make this song go bigger than the Sausage Roll Song last Christmas.  We are also raising funds for our 30th Anniversary year and are asking for people who love our song to donate to our £30K for 30 Years appeal, donations can be made online at: localgiving.org/charity/prospectstrustatsnakehallfarm/project/SnakehallSong

A Resounding Success!

The Shovel the Hovel Project receives a boost of funding that made us all sing at Snakehall Farm this summer. The Prospects Trust received over £900 from ReSound after their beautiful summer concert. We spoke with our Trustee Jane Kershaw about her involvement with ReSound:

“I am very proud to be a member of ReSound, a 36 voice choir that performs regularly around Cambridge, singing an eclectic contemporary and traditional mix of a cappella songs from different cultures, rich in harmony and rhythm.

We have been singing together since 2010, when the choir was created by our musical Director, Rowena Whitehead.  Rowena has been called “a musical activist”, a neat phrase that sums up a thread weaving through all she does. She is a performer, a composer, a teacher, a singing leader, a facilitator who inspires everyone she works with.

ReSound filling with beautiful voices at St Cyriacs in June 2019

She believes that singing runs deep within us all and reaches parts that nothing else touches. For Rowena singing is more than a pleasure, it’s an essential expression of life that helps individuals and communities thrive.

This is one of the things that makes Tuesday evening rehearsals so special:  we only do music that touches the heart and everyone knows each other pretty well after singing together for such a long time.

We usually sing to raise money for charitable causes, so everyone in the choir was delighted to sing for Prospects and get to know a bit about it as an organisation – and a total of £950 from the concert at St Cyriac’s was an added bonus.”