“As Orpheus’s longest-serving volunteer I have a privileged long-range perspective on the success of its work. I have had the joy of watching so many students blossom. I have seen, for instance, those with severe autism learn to express themselves through dance and song. I have witnessed shy, introverted students come out of their shells and show incredible gifts which Orpheus has been able to spot and nurture.”
Clive has been volunteering at Orpheus for six years. He started by gardening once or twice a week, but soon got hooked and offered more of his time, supporting students in sessions, helping them prepare lunch in their flats and helping with their organisational skills. Clive has also enabled several students to gain work experience, driving them to a local radio station and helping to write their show song sheets.
Orpheus productions would not be the same without Clive, who helps out with a variety of tasks during show weeks, including acting alongside students on stage – something he never imagined himself doing before his involvement with the centre!
Everyone at Orpheus loves Clive’s sense of humour and Orpheus is a much better place thanks to his involvement.
“It was a lot of work but it all came together. I felt very proud to be part of the team.” – Clive Edwards, volunteer
Our history and what we stand for
Orpheus started in Sir Richard’s former family home in Godstone, Surrey. Although it started with five students it quickly grew in size and reputation. Read more about our History
Learning and living at Orpheus
From the moment you start at Orpheus you will be learning skills to help you live independently. You will improve in practical skills that are needed in everyday life, learning and work. Read more about Learning and Living at Orpheus
Different ways to support our work
Orpheus is a registered charity. Without the generosity of supporters and volunteers quite simply we would cease to exist. How you can support our work