What led you to volunteering with Bridewell?
I guess two main reasons.
I have for many years experienced and understood the benefits of gardening and ‘being in nature’ both for physical and mental health - I believe this to be true for all.
Throughout my life I have been drawn to and enjoyed roles that offer support to others. Bridewell is a very special and magical place to be and to heal.
What skills do you use?
I do have some gardening experience and completed an RHS qualification many years ago but I think basic garden skills with plenty of enthusiasm is enough.
Communication skills - listening and ‘being alongside’ and recognising/understanding that gardeners sometimes are able to be alongside but not feel able/want to talk on any given session.
What qualities do you think a Bridewell volunteer needs?
Empathy for and with the needs of those who come to the garden.
Patience, acceptance and understanding for the real challenges faced by gardeners coming to the garden.
Curiosity, kindness, patience and to be non judgemental.