Hospitalfield’s new Volunteer Coordinator, Annie Crabtree speaks about Volunteer Week

Hospitalfield is excited to introduce a new member of staff, Annie Crabtree, who has been appointed as our Volunteer Coordinator.

“I’m delighted to be joining the Hospitalfield team. Volunteer Week is an opportunity for us to celebrate the contributions volunteers make to Scotland’s heritage and cultural organisations, and there is no better opportunity to shine a spot light on Hospitalfield’s dedicated team of volunteers. I’m looking forward to getting to know each of them, and to meet new people who want to get involved with Hospitalfield.”

Annie studied Environmental Art at Glasgow School of Art from 2009 – 2012, including an international exchange at San Francisco Art Institute. Having completed a Masters of Research in Human Geography at the University of Glasgow in late 2016, Annie has a specific interest in people and places. She has worked professionally in public art since 2012, including co-founding projection project Picture Window with fellow artist Eileen Daily, and working as Project Assistant and Office Manager for NVA. Annie also works as a visual artist, using moving image to explore the layered and complex relationship between people, place and society. Annie will work with our existing volunteers and welcome new volunteers into a diverse programme, ‘Meander’, which covers walking, growing, and eating as well as our heritage and art activities. The post has been supported through a collaboration with Paths for All and NHS Tayside Community Innovation Fund.

Richard McIntosh, Community Capacity Building Officer with NHS Tayside said, “NHS Tayside is a strong believer in the role community groups play and how their activities make a vital contribution to a healthier society. This new and innovative project at Hospitalfield, Arbroath will help residents improve their health and well-being.” 

Frances Bain, who manages Paths for All’s Walking for Health programme said: “We are delighted to support Hospitalfield to incorporate volunteer-led Health Walks into their activities programme. Regular short walks are a great way to feel healthier in body and mind. Walking is also shown to boost creativity and we’re sure the beautiful environment around Hospitalfield will be an inspiration to walkers.”

It’s a great time for Annie to start, just before National Volunteer Week, and we are taking this opportunity to call out to people who might be interested in getting involved in our programmes. Please get in touch with Annie by emailing volunteer@hospitalfield.uk or by calling 01241 656124.