I started as a volunteer at the Meadows in November 2011. I was referred by Advanta for work experience. I began working in the gardens because I like being outdoors. There is always plenty of different work to do.
Since I started I have done an Allotments course run here by North Tyneside Council. I have got my First Aid Certificate and have finished a Royal Horticultural Society Level One in practical Horticulture.
After I had been coming for a few months I was asked if I would support someone who works here three times a week. I did this and was encouraged to take an NVQ Level Two in Health and Social Care. I have nearly finished this and hope it will help me with job hunting.
I would recommend trying as a volunteer to anyone. I enjoy it and the bosses, John and Shaun are really good. (they told me to say that!)