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Zebra Access and Volunteering Futures at Wightwick Manor

A group of aspiring volunteers visited Wightwick Manor as part of Volunteering Futures and Creative Black Country’s project to encourage Deaf people to volunteer within National Trust in a variety of roles from tour guide to gardener. 


It was a lovely sunny day which made it a perfect day to visit the Manor which was built in 1887 by the Mander family. 


The manor itself was gorgeous and Arun who led the tour explained each room and enthralled the group with lot of visual artwork. There were William Morris wallpaper, artwork from Rossetti, stunning stained-glass panels, and paper mache golden peacocks on the awnings. 


The children’s day nursery was the popular room with the most questions asked and the toys looked at. There was even something for the Wolves WFC fans! 



The group stopped for a cuppa and cakes and shared their thoughts on the tour with Fiona (Creative Black Country) Arun (National Trust), Derek and Audrey who joined us. 


The tearooms do some really nice cakes!


We then explored the gardens which are made up of 17 acres (we didn’t see them all!).

We looked around the kitchen gardens and tried to work out which root vegetables were being grown. 

Zebra Access would like to thank Fiona Dye from CBC and Arun from NT for organising the day and also Derek & Audrey for the tour- We all really enjoyed it. 

If you are interested in volunteering for Wightwick Manor and would like more information,

Please contact Deirdre, our Community Development Officer-


Zebra Access CIO provides services and support to Deaf, Deaf Blind and Hard of Hearing people with thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund. Services includes Employment Services, English/Maths tutorials, Advocacy, Community Development, BSL/Deaf Awareness, drop-in sessions dealing with a range of queries, complaints, form filling, and many more. Zebra Access staff and volunteers have the right to work in a safe and abuse free environment. The organisation will not tolerate any kind of abuse against its staff, volunteers or property.

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