The Poppy Factory celebrates Volunteers’ Week

Sam Sowemimo General



This week The Poppy Factory organised a little party to say thank you to all volunteers, recognising their invaluable contribution to the charity. They are very dedicated and play a big part in The Poppy Factory’s mission to help veterans with disabilities and employers create successful careers. Some volunteers overcome their disabilities to support us and are a big inspiration to Poppy Factory.

“On behalf of everyone at The Poppy Factory, thank you. Your contribution is immense and we are enormously grateful for your support.” – Deidre Mills, TPF Chief Executive

According to the Volunteers’ Week website, the estimated value of volunteers helping UK charities is 22.6bn. There are over 165,000 voluntary organisations in the UK, many of whom rely on volunteers. The Poppy Factory has now reached over 100 volunteers working in different roles.

“Our volunteers gave us a thousand hours since January this year. It is really amazing! We wanted to say a massive thank you to all our volunteers who gave their time and support,” says TPF Volunteers Manager Alice Barret.

TPF Volunteers Roles

Finance/ Admin/ HR

  • Office Admin Volunteer
  • Culture and Values Workshop Volunteers x2 (NHSE)
  • Business Insights Volunteer (Corporate)- Due to be piloted summer 2018
  • WIS Veterans Group Volunteer (2017)
  • Volunteer Receptionists

Marketing and Communications

  • Intranet Support Volunteer
  • Tour Assistants
  • Visitor Experience Volunteer (Cranfield Trust) (2017)
  • Social Media Volunteer

Employability Service

  • Industry Insight Volunteer – DJ Fox and Associates
  • Business Start-Up Insight Volunteer
  • CTP Event Volunteers
  • LinkedIn Masterclass – Volunteer Facilitator


  • Events Volunteers
  • Corporate Insight Volunteer (2017)
  • Trusts and Foundations Research Volunteer
  • Media Appeals Research Volunteer (2017)
  • Corporate volunteering (Factory Volunteer Days / Other bespoke roles)
  • Volunteer Events Manager