National Volunteers Week at BITMOs GATE

Belle Isle TMO

This week is National Volunteers Week, and we may be bias, but we think we have the BEST volunteers at Belle Isle TMO!

This week we’re celebrating volunteers, and we’ll start the week with Ken, our volunteer Walk Leader.

Ken has led our Walk and Talk Group for over two years, he’s coordinated fundraising events in the GATE for Dementia UK, as well as being our very own photographer and community blogger!

For more information about National Volunteers week, visit

Angela says

Angela Whitaker Nudd He’s a lovely man from day 1 said he will support our café and stuck to his word . 1 top man I wish him well in all he dose . I know he has his ailments but he never lets them take over . He should get some sort of achievement award . 1 top man x

Billy can be found in the GATE cooking up a stir at our Tasty Tuesdays lunch club every week, as well as at our Board meetings volunteering his time to make sure TMO is a well-run organisation.
Thanks for everything you do for us Billy!

For more information about volunteering at BITMO, contact our Community and Tenant Support Team on 0113 3782190 or email



John ‘the Guitar Man’ has been running our guitar lessons at the GATE for over three years each Wednesday evening, as well as holding an Art Class on a Monday afternoon.

Here John’s pictured donating one of his paintings to Councillor Blake in 2016.
Thanks John for all your time and help!

National Volunteers Week runs from 1st to 7th June each year and you can find out more about it here:




Julie has volunteered in the GATE for over three years running her very own Ancestry Group. The group

started off as a two hour session on a Thursday but over the years has grown into a full day each Monday! Julie offers help and advice to those in search of their family history.

Thanks Julie!
You can find out more about National Volunteers Week, and local opportunities for volunteering at

Rach Joy says

 Julie  gives her all into helping people find their relatives and ancestors she does an amazing job as does Billy and John x

Today marks the end of National Volunteers Week, and Fridays for us mean only one thing…. our Happy Friday Breakfast Club!!

So we’re thanking Steph, Gerry, Tracey and Dave– and everyone who helps at the Happy Friday Breakfast Club- for volunteering your time and running such a wonderful Club. Thanks guys!

If you’d like to volunteer, come and meet with our Community and Tenant Support Team at the GATE, or visit for other volunteering opportunities in Leeds.