Post | March 2023 | Volunteer Stories | 1 min read

"It is a privilege to work with such a band of friendly, caring and interesting people"

Written by GoVol Herts

This is Rosemary and she kindly volunteers for The Red Shed in Stevenage.

The Red Shed provides garden activities and experiences to benefit people living with Dementia, their carers and families.

Please tell us a little more about yourself and your volunteering work?

My name is Rosemary. I volunteer as a " Friendly Garden Champion"  once a week to support clients and their carers in the various, seasonal, gardening activities offered by The Red Shed; this ranges from planting, weeding and watering to more creative art based activities, generally with a floral or garden theme.  

I also support the group by taking minutes at the Trustees' 6 weekly meetings and have enjoyed supporting the various celebration and fundraising events, including a Jubilee party, Open Day and Quiz Night.

Why did you get into volunteering?

Like so many families, we have supported a loved one with dementia and can empathise with the carers and clients. I was keen, on my retirement, to develop myself outside of my "comfort zone" and have virtually no gardening experience. However, I had watched The Red Shed establish itself while working in the school next door so when I saw The Red Shed was seeking volunteers, I was keen to be a part of this inspirational project. 

Why would you recommend volunteering to others?

Everyone benefits from the promotion of the 5 ways to wellbeing - Connect, Be active, Take notice, Keep learning and Give. I honestly get as much out of the sessions as those attending...if not more. It is a privilege to work with such a band of friendly, caring and interesting people. 

Find out more about how you can get involved here

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