About Us

The Albrighton Trust is governed by a board of trustees.

The board takes a strategic overview of The Albrighton Trust's activities and the most important role of trustees is to ensure the organisation is acting at all times in pursuit of its mission and setting the strategy. The trustees (who are also the directors of the charitable company) are responsible for ensuring the Albrighton Trust complies with all its statutory and legal obligations.

Management

The management of the Albrighton Trust is led by Sandie Jackson who has overall responsibility for the Albrighton trust's management and organisational performance. Sandie's focus is at a strategic level on the business of the Albrighton Trust and the delivery of its activities.

Sandie Jackson, Operations Manager

I have had close links with the Trust since its conception and have had the privilege of managing the Albrighton Trust, Moat and Gardens since 2010.

Prior to working for the charity i worked in the private sector; I was very fortunate to work for an organisation that provided me with many opportunities, I am now lucky enough to be in a position to offer other people opportunities.

The Albrighton Trust Moat and Gardens is a unique place that offer opportunities to people disadvantaged by disability or ill health to excel. I am surrounded by staff and volunteers who have a genuine desire to help people whilst treating them with respect and compassion.  The nicest of people seem to gravitate to the Trust and their positivity and generosity towards others has a significant impact on our disabled and special needs visitors who thrive in our extra ordinary environment.

Delivery

The Charity is lucky enough to have a dedicated team of volunteers who give their time to work on a variety of tasks such as ground maintenance and horticultural work, helping with groups of visitors or

Some of our volunteers....

James Harrison

My name is James, I live not far from the Albrighton Moat and Garden Project and went to the local school, Codsall Community High School, then to university to study business. After leaving university I'd spent a long time not really doing anything productive as I was finding it hard to get a job. It was suggested that I tried doing some Voluntary work at the Albrighton Moat and Garden Project.

On my first visit I really liked the place and the people, meeting a volunteer called Lol, who had made a reindeer out wood from the site. Thinking it was good enough to sell as a fundraiser and wanting to make one myself I suggested this was something I could help with. Shortly after starting to volunteer we worked together to see how I could make them safely.

As I have cerebral palsy, which in my case affects my speech, balance and coordination, woodwork wasn't something I'd done before. Once we had worked out how I could make the reindeer it felt good to be doing something different. It gave me a real sense of achievement being able to stand back and see what I had made.  Then to see the reindeer I'd made sell for £10 each. Raising money for the Albrighton Moat and Garden Project, only added to the sense of achievement.

Luke Fortune

My name is Luke Fortune. As one of the Moat's youngest volunteers, I have been helping only when I can since carrying out my GCSE work experience at the age of sixteen. Outside the Moat, my time is mostly spent at sixth form, where I study A-Level Biology, IT and Psychology. As a keen biologist and an aspiring zoologist, I find the little pocket of nature that is the Albrighton Moat & Gardens a great place to be in the holidays between term times.

Being a young volunteer, one of the more important features of the job for me is the trust among volunteers; I have always been treated as an equal. I have weeded ponds, managed bonfires, monitored wildlife and built a greenhouse from recycled plastic bottles. For me the work I do looks good on a university application, which is useful to someone of my age but most of all I do it for the visitors.

There are many fantastic things about volunteering at the Albrighton Moat and Gardens, but at the end of the day, nothing can beat the satisfaction of seeing the groups and visitors enjoying the gardens and activities that we prepare for them. My best memories of volunteering are of the smiling faces of the people I meet - people who may never have thought they would achieve what they do. These smiles are what keep me coming back, and one of the many reasons I would recommend joining the team.

Jonathon Beswick

My Name is Jonathan.  I have autism.  I have been volunteering at the moat and gardens for 2 years.  I really enjoy the time I spend there and I enjoy helping out with the other volunteers.  I am part of the woodcraft team and the gardening team - I get the most satisfaction being a part of a team.

Ken Beswick

My name is Ken; I was working full time as a heating engineer; I knew when I retired I wanted to volunteer. I am part of the fantastic woodcraft team at the Moat and Gardens.

Volunteering gives me a sense of pride, it is very rewarding and makes me feel I am doing something worthwhile. I always look forward to the days I spend at the Moat and Gardens. What I enjoy the most about volunteering is being part of a wonderful team at the Moat and Gardens. It is such a friendly place to be.

I get great satisfaction from using my skills to raise much needed funds for a well-deserved charity.

Emma Brazier

My name is Emma, I was working as an occupational therapist but having been on a course with Thrive, a national charity that uses 'gardening to change lives' I was inspired to change direction in my career. Thrive recommended the Albrighton Moat and Gardens to me as a Charity who provide young people with horticultural activities, amongst other things and so I approached the team there to gain some experience. I have been volunteering with the Moat and Gardens for about a year now and it has been brilliant fun. For me it is a chance to work with a lovely team and some amazing people. It has been very flexible and I do one day or a morning a week depending on other commitments.

Matthew Popplewell

My name is Matt, I suffer from depression and autism. My main hobbies include football and music.  I struggle to interact with other people as I sometimes fell uncomfortable in certain situations.

Volunteering at the moat helps me with my depression and makes me feel proud to be part of a team. I feel pleased seeing people happy as they walk around the grounds looking at the plants and the sensory garden.

Mark Bettelley

My name is Mark, I’ve been volunteering at the moat since October 2017.  I used to work for Wolverhampton council but left due to medical reasons after 30 years.  I wanted to do something useful and having visited the site on open day I decided to volunteer.

I enjoy coming to help out in any way I can, I was very impressed by the staff and how they encourage people who are disabled to learn new skills and activities.

Emma Shepherd


My name is Emma, I have Asperger's, which is a mild form of autism and it effects social interaction.  I also have dyscalculia which is the opposite of dyslexia.  In my spare time I volunteer on the Severn valley railway based at Bewdley where my role is part of the station staff as a porter. I enjoy music, walking climbing, local history, and Archaeology.  I went to Rodbaston College to study RHS level 2 in practical horticulture in 2017.

I volunteer at the moat because I want to learn and pass on my horticulture skills to other volunteers.  I volunteer on Monday’s and Tuesday’s while I’m at the moat, I enjoy sowing seeds and planting plants, I get great satisfaction watching the plants and see the achievement at the end.  Volunteering at the moat gets me out and keeps me active and gives me confidence.

Tony Prosser


My Name is Tony Prosser, and I came across working with the Albrighton Trust in 2010, in the capacity of a session worker, working with the Wolverhampton Youth Offending Team (YOT), supporting young people with their reparation hours. I work part time for the YOT team, and I also work as a support worker, working with adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues.

Previous work experiences have been as a coach mechanic, a LGV technician for West Midlands Fire Service and a Maintenance manager working in Iraq.

My love of the outdoors and gardening, I believe comes from my mother, as I have fond memories of her tending her garden, pruning her rose bushes and manually mowing her garden lawn, this being her 5th room of the house that she always took pride in.

Therefore I myself love being in the garden too, especially in the summer months when trees and shrubs are in their superb splendor, awash in bright contrasting colours that complement each other.  But most of all, it's the fact that the garden is working progress, there is always something to do, or be done, unfortunately I just wish i could devote much more time to it.

Over the past number of years I have built up and maintained a good and positive working relationship with the management and staff at the trust.  They make you feel valued, trustworthy and more so treated with respect and never judgmental, especially when it comes to young people in the YOT capacity and the volunteering sector.

The Moat just see volunteers, regardless of race, colour, religion or gender, whereas most organisations would be suspicious and label, the moat is just accepting, as all they see is someone donating precious time to a worthy cause.

I believe my relationship with the Moat is a fluid one, whilst I may be volunteering, I am in actual fact learning all the time, and i truly appreciate the wealth of knowledge and experience that i have gained over the years, and hopefully have passed on to young people, and students, especially in regards to the Me and You Project.  Something that the Moat has asked me to support them with, which includes 2 weeks of horticulture and 2 weeks of conservation and wildlife 

The fact that I feel like part of a team, and as a team member we grow from strength to strength, helping each other along the way, utilising people's strengths and assisting them with their weaknesses. This could be said of the Monday Garden Buddies, group of which i am proud to say that I am part of and help with facilitating.

As I walk around the gardens, I have seen many changes over the years, be it to hard landscaping or soft, to trees, shrubs, ornaments or features.

I have seen them added too, removed or replaced; but change is a constant, hence why the Moat has new ideas, refresh and update rather stagnating and living off reputation.

Knowing that I have contributed and assisted with items, features and changes within the garden gives me immense pleasure.  Items as the fire pit, the purple slated entrance to the Bubble House, the compound area for young tender plants, the construction of the first leaf compound area are all but a few to mention.

All the above, as well as working with the Monday group, gives you a sense of pride, a sense of unity. A communal feeling of being part of a team, regardless of having a learning or physical disability. But more so, you feel appreciated, for who you are and what you do; that is where I get the most satisfaction volunteering. "Teamwork is dream work, is our motto for the garden Buddies, something that we all standby, but more so buy into.

Robert Day 

My name is Robert Day. I'm 55years old and live in Wombourne with my father.  I have 3 brothers and 2 sisters. I enjoy watching most sports and support Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The reason why I volunteer at the Albrighton Trust Moat and Gardens it gets me out of house and gives me chance to mix with other people.  It also gives my Dad a little break whilst I'm here.

The most satisfaction part of volunteering is seeing the plants and flowers growing in the sunshine, knowing that I helped to plant them.  It's good to be able to feel that I can do something like this.

Helen Brooks


My name is Helen.  While working as a librarian, I took My RHS Level 2 in Horticulture and also trained with the women's farm and garden association.  When I took voluntary redundancy from libraries I became very interested in horticulture as therapy.

Thrive recommended the moat and gardens as somewhere that I could gain practical experience and I now enjoy supporting other volunteers in the gardening team. I've just completed the Thrive Award in social and therapeutic horticulture and hope to do more of this work in the future.

It's very rewarding to be part of this team and to volunteer in such a beautiful place, helping others learn more about plants and horticulture.  We also learn a lot from each other, as each person brings different knowledge and experiences. They are a really lovely group, very friendly and supportive of each other and there is always plenty of laughter and enjoyment.

Some of our great band of volunteers having a deserved break