I'm 49 and I work full time for Hillier Landscapes. I also have my own gardening business. I'm a father to twins who are 10 and they take up the majority of my spare time.

What I do as a volunteer gardener

I maintain the garden and grounds at a residential home in Havant. My typical session will be weeding, pruning, planting, litter picking. When funds allow I will plant up pots and beds with spring bulbs or summer bedding plants.

Why I volunteer for Mencap

My son is on the Autism spectrum and seeing what help and support he's had over the years I wanted to give something back to the community that makes best use of my skills. When I saw that volunteer gardeners were needed at Mencap, without hesitation I applied.

What I enjoy most about volunteering

The most satisfying thing about my work is knowing that my small contribution makes a more pleasant environment for the residents and staff to live and work in. It's taken me from wanting to participate in the community to actually doing and giving back.

Are you thinking about volunteering?

If you’re thinking about volunteering, my advice to you is - definitely take the small step from thinking to doing. Contributions - however small - make a really positive impact. The more people volunteering for Mencap the more its profile is raised.

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