ANN’s Volunteer Story
Ann volunteers at Clem’s Garden as a team member and voluntary director.
How did you find out about volunteering?
A friend who was involved in Clem’s Garden at the very beginning suggested I might like to go along one Sunday afternoon to a session to do some bramble clearing and find out more, and the rest is history as they say!
What type of activities do you usually do as a volunteer?
A variety from supervising sessions, and admin to outdoor gardening jobs – including weeding and clearing, planting out, watering, and seed sowing and pricking out indoors. I also help with flower picking for our Friday flower stall, bunching flowers up and helping on the flower stall.
What do you like about your volunteer role?
Working with a great volunteer team in the beautiful setting of Clem’s Garden. Seeing everyone’s hard work come to fruition and meeting members of the community whether they come to visit or to buy flowers from us at the flower stalls. I love that as well as being a business, we donate end of year profits to One Community to distribute to community groups and that we can also make a difference, however small, with our flowers and Kindness Fund flower jars, to people’s lives. I also love that we garden in as sustainable a way as we can.
Another special thing about Clem’s is that there are sessions especially for those of us who don’t have children or grandchildren as well as the sessions which are open to the whole volunteer team.
How has volunteering made a difference to you?
Volunteering at Clem’s has brought me into contact with so many great people whom I might not have met otherwise and I learn something new every time I go. The whole experience of volunteering at Clem’s has broadened my horizons and at times taken me out of my comfort zone – not a bad thing!!
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