Adam has been volunteering with us in our Hospice Gardens since February 2019. Here, he shares his experience, hoping to encourage more young people to volunteer.
🌳How did you get into volunteering?
I worked with a charity called Journey Enterprises. They support young people to realise their potential. After researching volunteer opportunities in gardening, Journey approached the hospice and enquired about a volunteer role for me with the gardening team.
🌳Why the Hospice? Why gardening?
I like helping others and making a difference in the local community. I am passionate about gardening and working in green spaces. St Cuthbert’s were first to respond to my approach and they are such a vital charity.
🌳What have you gained from volunteering?
I have gained experience from Martin and the team in propagation, plant care and ground maintenance. Once trained I was given the opportunity to use a pedestrian petrol lawnmower and eventually led on the care of the hospice lawns. This helped me with my practical horticulture studies at Springboard Sunderland Trust. Working with the gardening team helped me with my communication and teamwork skills.
🌳How does volunteering make you feel?
It makes me feel happy because I can make a difference to the hospice grounds and someone’s life. I can also do something I have a passion for.
🌳What would you say to someone who is thinking of volunteering?
I would say it is a great opportunity because:
It develops your cv.
You can gain lots of experience with a friendly team.
You can make a visible difference!
🌳What three words would you use to describe volunteering with us?
Thank you for sharing your experience Adam and we are so proud of you for starting your new apprenticeship with Durham County Council. Well done!
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