Fourteen-year-old Emily Payne from Warlingham, Surrey, is helping out volunteer-led Charity, Head2Head Sensory Theatre, as part of her volunteering in Surrey towards achieving a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. 

The talented teen, with a passion for dance, fashion and theatre, is helping the charity sort its wardrobe and props at its new premises in Oxted, Surrey.   

Anni Rhodes-Steere, founder of the charity said: “Our work for the community is reliant upon volunteers like Emily. Since our move at the beginning of 2022 we have been knee deep in paperwork and dust trying to set up our new base for our team. Our focus is to introduce new drama workshops for special needs students in and around Surrey.  Emily is an exceptional assistant and has a great eye for organizing things. She has made an excellent job out of our wardrobe department making the space look tidy and accessible. Well done Emily!” 

Emily said: 

“I am enjoying volunteering in Surrey with the Head2Head charity.  So far, I have been sorting out costumes and creating an inventory at the charity’s new premises. The most challenging part of the job was to decide how best to sort the costumes, there are so many.  The placement has helped me to trust my own decisions and grow in confidence.  I am very proud to be supporting the work of the Head2Head charity and to help others.” 

The Head2Head theatre charity has been active in the UK since 2005 creating magical theatre experiences for children and families with special educational needs and disabilities. 

The Duke of Edinburgh Award, or DofE for short, is open to children aged 14 to 24 and provides a structured programme for individual development.  Awards are graded into Bronze, Silver, and Gold, with difficulty and length of time increasing for each level. 

If you are interested in volunteering in Surrey this summer for our Oxted based theatre charity please contact Anni Rhodes-Steere by email or visit