Image of group of people bucket shaking for Kindred

Kindred shouldn’t need an excuse to thank our volunteers but recently with Volunteers’ Week, we would like to give a big shout of gratitude to all of them, whilst naming just a few!

Image of Jenny Harris raising funds for Kindred at her Yard Sale

Jenny selling her handmade ceramics, raising funds for Kindred

Firstly our long standing multi-talented volunteer Jenny Harris! You may know Jenny provides us with regular help with anything from admin to research, from gardening to framing. A meeter and greeter at many of our family and parent events means you might well recognise her smile. Plus, Jenny makes everything from beautiful ceramics, to tasty jams, from mouth-watering biscuits to delicate jewellery. She regularly holds fundraisers with all proceeds coming to Kindred and has raised thousands for us over the years.

Her fundraising events are often done with the help of an army of friends and family so a thank you to Rosie Benham, Rachel Abrams, Zoe Sanderson and Ben Robinson amongst others.

Image of voluneer Molly Paechter smiling

In addition to doing data-migration for us Molly will be volunteering to have her hair cut off!

Secondly, our newest volunteer is Molly Paechter who, despite being a full-time Anthropology student, found time to support us doing data-migration last year which she is still involved in. Molly has a history of promoting disability rights since she was young, and a personal understanding of why most people with disability and their families need and deserve extra support to get the most out of life. You can read a paper she has recently had published on The Experience of Autistic Families in Scotland.


But for now we want to share with you that Molly is volunteering to go under the Kindred Clippers for us! She’s going to be doing a “Locks off in Lockdown” fundraising head shave live for us very shortly … find out more about how you can contribute and watch. Where will it be? Most likely on youtube in your front room as Molly’s fellow householder her boyfriend, will be doing the clipping, streaming it from their kitchen!

Image of Lesley Clemenson, Kindred Trustee receiving flowers

Trustee and founder member of Kindred, Lesley Clemenson (taken by Malcolm Cochrane, also volunteering his professional services for Kindred!)

Of course our Board of Trustees are all volunteers too so the rest of the staff team would like to thank them for their hard work, sharing their expertise and commitment to Kindred.

We’ve also benefited over the years from a range of expert advice from web developer and designer Calum MacÙisdean, graphic designer Caroline Muir and beautiful pro bono images capturing Kindred families, from professional photographer Malcolm Cochrane.

Sophie Pilgrim, director of Kindred, interviewed for The Leaders Council at the beginning of this podcast, speaks about the value of freely given mentoring received over her career from Jane Gray (the ex CEO of a housing association) and Kai Harrod (as part of the LLoyds Group mentoring programme) and leadership coaching from Jock Encombe.

We’ve had teams of folk, supporters, friends, off-duty staff and families turn out to shake buckets on chilly evenings like the crew shown in our title photo.

Many others support us to work with families behind the scenes too – that includes everyone who has ever donated and fundraised for us, or spoken on our behalf raising awareness of what we do. You all know who you are – we are deeply grateful.

If you would like to support Kindred through volunteering let us know.

Thank you.