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What I particularly like about GYCT is the fact that it supports such a wide range of people from the local community ...

Jillian Buckingham initially joined GYCT as a volunteer on the Uniquely Chic fashion project. A retired primary school teacher, she had been looking online for ideas to keep herself busy and meet new people, whilst helping others in her community.

Jillian's Garden Party

The Uniquely Chic opportunity caught her eye as it was a craft based project. She had several metres of curtain fabric left over and thought of using this to make shoulder bags which could be sold to make money for the Trust. The bags, which were fully lined with decorative buttons, were featured at the UC Fashion Show at Great Yarmouth Library.

The Uniquely Chic project finished and Jillian moved on to volunteer on various other projects, including teaching 1:1 English on behalf of the International Friendship Club in Thorpe Hamlet.

Alongside her volunteering Jillian fundraises for her local church. Although she no longer volunteers on a regular basis for the Trust she has retained her connections with Joleen Azevedo, the Volunteering Coordinator, and she has become a GYCT supporter. Last summer she decided to hold a garden party, inviting contributions in aid of the Priory Friendship Club. The party included country dancing and shanty singing from a local group and Jillian raised a fantastic £112.77 through donations.

Jillian's Shoulder Bags
This winter she has been making birthday and Christmas greeting cards, using pictures recycled from the previous year’s cards. In November she hired a stall at her local Farmer’s Market in Acle to sell her cards and this time raised £51, which she again donated to GYCT’s Friendship Club.

Jillian's Greetings Cards

Find out more about volunteering with GYCT or browse our current opportunities.

If you would like to join our growing group of supporters, or if you would like to find out more about fundraising for GYCT please call our Volunteering Coordinator, Joleen Azevedo, for a chat: T: 01493 743014 E:

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