Gavin, Volunteer Team Gardener

Gavin is a member of Community Impact Bucks’ Gardening and Befriending Project. He had only planned to volunteer for a short time, but enjoyed it so much he’s still doing it.

Why did you become a volunteer? – I first started volunteering to build my confidence. I was only going to do it for a short while but once I started, I really liked it so I stayed.

What first appealed to you about your volunteer gardener role? – I enjoy all aspects of gardening so I wanted to do something that I would like. Also, the opportunity to learn more about plants and horticulture interested me.

What are the best bits of being a volunteer? – Helping people that need it the most, you can see it really does make a difference to them. The social side of gardening is good, I enjoy being part of a team.

How does volunteering make you feel? – It feels really good; it makes me feel fulfilled. The gardening I do is worthwhile because I am making a difference.

Would you recommend it to other people? – Yes, I would. If you have time on your hands or you would like to get back to work this is the best way to do it. It helps you both mentally and physically. I have learned so much about gardening and taking care of plants.

Updated on May 21, 2018

Image courtesy of St Francis's Children Society