Volunteering in the community

Volunteering in the community

Each year at the beginning of June, volunteers are celebrated for the amazing contributions they make throughout the year to communities across the UK during National Volunteers Week.


Considering this we wanted to highlight some of our team’s wonderful voluntary work for our local community.

Debbie, who is part of our Administration Team, is a Childline counsellor and has volunteered at the Manchester base in Salford since January 2020.

Childline is a flagship service that offers children and young people a confidential and child-centred space to talk about their concerns at any time through a medium where they remain in control. It’s a free service, here for every child and young person, whenever they need support or advice.

“Although a shift at Childline can be emotionally exhausting, the volunteering really adds to my skills and enhances my life and I feel it’s a privilege to be able to be part of a young person’s story for a short time.”
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John, our Head of Operations, who many of you will know well as he has been with Alcocks for over 35 years, coaches the U13 Girls’ and Ladies’ Softball Teams. He also supports head coach Bill Hobman with the Ladies’ Hardball Team, which is in its inaugural season.

“Having played for some years for the Senior Men’s Team, and as Chairman of Stockport Cricket Club, Cricket Section, I decided I wanted to gain my ECB Coaching qualification. This enables me to coach at all levels – from the Junior Boys and Girls Teams through to the Seniors. I am really pleased to be helping our head coach, Billy, in preparing the Ladies to move into the Hardball league.”

John has also been involved in Amateur Dramatics for 25 years, first at Stockport Garrick Theatre (where he was Honourable General Secretary for many years), then Burnage Garden Village Players, CHADS and latterly Players Theatre, Cheadle Hulme.

Do you think you may have seen John in one of his plays?

“I have played many roles in many plays, my favourite being Macbeth, where I played the title role. My last play was in March this year, Arthur Miller’s ‘A View from the Bridge’ where I played Alfieri. It is something I am passionate about and really enjoy entertaining audiences.”

Camilla, also part of our Administration Team, is a Co-Opted School Governor for her sons Infant and Nursery School.

As a Governor, Camilla works with the Governing Board and the Headteacher to support the school’s strategic direction, attending regular meetings and overseeing policies and procedures.

“Having three young boys all going through the Infant School, we were going to be involved with the school for many years to come, so when the opportunity arose to be part of the Governing Team, and after experiencing how hard the teachers work, I wanted to see if I could help more. It is a responsibility, but also a real privilege to work alongside such dedicated teachers.”

Jimmy, one of our long-standing Funeral Directors, coaches his son’s Football Team, the Spurley Hey Blues Under 11’s.

Every week, alongside Asa and Rob, they coach the team with commitment and passion – so much so, in fact, they led the lads to victory this season, winning the Stockport Metro JFL Sandra Crowe Under 11s KO Cup!

“After many years of playing football, I decided to put my experience to good use, and I am now delighted to be part of my son Dexter’s coaching team.”

Alcocks and our sister branch George Hill, are proud to sponsor Spurley Hey U11’s, including their home and away kits. The lads absolutely smashed it this season! Find out more here.

As a local independent family-run business, we try to do our bit for the community by sponsoring local community events, giving talks to community groups, and supporting local charities and good causes, including Mentell; you can find out more here.

Recently, Ryan, our Head of Development, was delighted to be invited to a local primary school for their Careers Day.

We also run our free monthly Bereavement Support Group for anyone affected by bereavement (whether you’ve used our services or not).

Visit here for more information about upcoming bereavement groups.

Sarah is always happy to give talks about the History of Alcocks, and/or share more about the funeral industry…

..please do get in touch if you would like more information at 0161 428 2097 or adminteam@jasfunerals.co.uk.

“Myself and Barbara are immensely proud of the many ways the team gets involved within their communities to volunteer their time. This, alongside the part they play in supporting local bereaved families, is a real testament to the values we have as an independent family business.”

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