• Corporate Volunteering with Restore

Why volunteer at Restore?

We have been running successful and enjoyable corporate volunteering days for a number of years now. Please don’t take our word for it though, you can browse our case studies to hear the positive feedback from those who have already spent some time with us. Volunteering days are great for team building, strengthening relationships and creating goodwill amongst colleagues – all whilst undertaking some valuable activities to support Restore. You won’t need previous experience of the activity as support will be given on the day.

We can offer unique corporate volunteering days for your organisation which challenge stigma, develop skills and contribute to the community. Support one of our special projects, volunteer during or in the run-up to an event, or get stuck into gardening, woodwork, arts or cooking at one of our six Recovery groups across Oxfordshire. We will also be able to come to your place of work to talk about the work of Restore.

You can be sure that, by taking part in a volunteering day at Restore, you will be really making a difference.

Please take a look at the list of activities you can do with us and select the one which most appeals to your team, then contact our volunteering team at volunteer@restore.org.uk to discuss volunteering in more detail.

By taking part in a volunteering day your organisation will be demonstrating how it is making a difference in the local community and supporting a very well regarded mental health charity.

We have 6 sites across Oxfordshire – 4 recovery groups in Oxford: The Beehive and The Garden Café at Manzil Way in Cowley, Littlemore Recovery group based in Littlemore, Elder Stubbs based in Rymers Lane Cowley. We have two further groups Fleet Meadow in Didcot, and The Orchard in Banbury.

Most months of the year we will be able to find tasks in our beautiful gardens and allotments for you to be able to do – these change to suit the season.

At the Beehive Recovery Group:

–  we would love a group of volunteers to spend a day helping us maintain our lovely gardens

–  you may enjoy spending some time helping us with our pruning

–  could you help us cut down some of the plants in our beds?

At Elder Stubbs Recovery Group:

–  could you help us dig out self set trees ready to make a hazel coppice?

– could you help us to set up for our big summer festival in August? This would involve setting up the stage and putting up gazebos as well as many other tasks.

At Fleet Meadow Recovery Group in Didcot:

–  we have plenty of jobs on our beautiful allotments – strimming, clearing, general maintenance to name but a few

At the Orchard Recovery Group in Banbury:

–  we’ll be updating our jobs list soon

Naturally there is a cost associated with administering and delivering a corporate volunteering day, so we ask for those companies volunteering with us to make a voluntary donation to Restore. This helps to cover our costs of organising the placement. We also greatly appreciate any fundraising activities organisations might go on to do on our behalf! Please contact our volunteering team at volunteer@restore.org.uk for further information.

 Please find an outline of the day and some key information about your volunteering here

This can be flexible depending on your availability and the needs of the activity. Most of our corporate volunteers come and spend 1 or 2 days with us during a pre-assigned week. In a recent example volunteers kindly gave a day each over a four day period in the run up to our Elder Stubbs Festival.
Yes people with mental health problems pose no more risk than anyone in your local community. In fact someone who experiences mental ill health is more likely to be a victim of assault than a perpetrator.

For many of the companies who have had corporate volunteering days with Restore their involvement hasn’t ended with the day – they have also gone on to organise fundraising events like raffles and sweepstakes or have undertaken challenge events like cycling or running for Restore. Some people have even gone on to explore becoming a long-term volunteer for us.

Support one of our special projects or get stuck into gardening, painting, woodwork, arts or cooking at one of our six Recovery groups. Like Genzyme you could even help to prepare for one of our events!

–  Genzyme – Elder Stubbs Festival volunteers – have produced a case study here

–  Agenda Consulting – wrote their own case study about redecorating the Garden Café kitchen here


• Jill Fardon, one of the volunteers from Genzyme, says: “it was a very enjoyable day overall not only spent with colleagues all sharing in the effort, but also for such a fantastic cause.  Supporting Restore with the invaluable work they are doing to raise awareness for mental health in the local community, was well worth all the hard work on the allotments.  I would volunteer again next year without hesitation”. 

• Jeff Moore, from Vertex Pharmaceuticals said, ‘I really admire and value the work of Restore and would like to be more involved.   Work commitments prevent me from working regularly as a volunteer but I can promote the work you do.’

• Research Consultant Katharina Hutchings, from Agenda Consulting said of her volunteering day: “It was a really fun day, it was great to spend time with colleagues doing something different and for a good cause. The work Restore do is really important and it was lovely to be part of that for a day.”