‘I met with Chrissy from the Aspire Project initially, who then referred me to the Patchworking Garden Project. I was going to help out with Administrative work, however Carmel, the Project Leader, suggested that I have a go at something outside. I started clearing brambles and found this surprisingly enjoyable. I then decided to keep doing outside work instead of Admin. I particularly enjoy the woodwork, and since starting there I have built a Bird nesting box, 2 Bat roosting boxes and quite a lot of plant boxes, which then have plants put into and then sold.
Time always goes very quickly and there’s no pressure to do anything. It makes you feel more worthwhile and there is a real sense of fulfilment and a sense of pride in what you are doing. It’s a positive cycle of practical skills and interaction with people. I always go, always look forward to it, and always come back feeling great.
It’s very rare that you find something totally positive, but this is.
It’s been a revelation! I really enjoy it!’