Meet the Team

The Willow’s is run by an enthusiastic and friendly team of people who each bring their own skills and experience to the project. Find out more about who you are likely to meet if you visit us and please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. All members of the team have full DBS checks.


Ness Ainscow

DSCF9923“I am involved with The Willows Project because I am interested in education without the constraints of the classroom. I want to share my skills and enrich the lives of others alongside like minded individuals in an outdoor environment.”

Ness has worked in the education system for 20 years as both an Essential Skills tutor and a woodworker. Her work has taken place in colleges, schools and community areas and reached many different client groups including; people with mental health, alcohol and drug issues and learning disabilities.



Hayley-Kim O’Donovan


I’ve been working at the willows project for nearly 3 years.  I first started volunteering and have never left.  The project has so much to offer and I love the space.  Not to mention the people here are so beautiful in mind, body and soul.  I have progressed in myself and learnt so many new skills.  It has also been a great place for me to incorporate my arts and crafts with the participants and has even taught me so much about gardening.  I live a very busy life style, so coming to the willows is like a breath of fresh air after the hustle and bustle of life.  I’d be lost without it.”



Celia Russell

“I started volunteering with the willows project summer 2016 and work with the team on Wednesday afternoons. I’ve been enjoying Canalside veg for many years, and when I stopped working I saw a request for volunteers at The Willows in their newsletter. It’s a perfect opportunity for me to share my love of organic gardening and some of my experience of working with people in education all my life. It’s also been a great chance for me to improve my woodworking skills!”