Pam our volunteer gardener
1. Why did you decide to volunteer at the Hospice?
I completed my second year at Capel Manor College achieving Level 1 & 2 in Practical Horticulture skills in June 2017. My aim, when taking the courses, was to be more confident in gardening at home but also to explore volunteering opportunities. A good friend of mine volunteers once a week in the Admin department and said the Hospice had people working in the garden.
2.How many times do you come to the Hospice to volunteer?
I volunteer one day a week (this is quite flexible but usually a Tuesday or Thursday) for approximately 6 hours.
3. What does it mean to you to volunteer at the Hospice?
The Hospice is a local community facility providing amazing end of life care and I felt I could contribute in a small way to this by keeping the garden under control! I live in North Finchley so can walk here.
4. What kind of tasks do you carry out at part of your role as volunteer gardener at the Hospice?
The garden was redesigned a number of years ago so at the moment I am carrying out basic garden maintenance tasks i.e. weeding, pruning and generally getting the garden ready for winter. I have also split some of the plants and rearranged a couple of the beds and provided lavender for a craft activity at the Health & Wellbeing Centre in Barrowell Green.
5.What would you say to anyone thinking about volunteering at the Hospice?
There is a wonderful atmosphere at the Hospice where everyone is friendly, welcoming, eager to help and very appreciative of everything I have done. There is tea and cake every afternoon at 3pm (I usually wait until 3.30pm when there’s some left over!).
6. Did you have any training before volunteering here?
I have City & Guilds levels 1 & 2 in Practical Horticulture skills. I’ve also attended the Hospice’s ‘Is volunteering for you’ and Blue training that the Hospice offer.
7. Is there anything else you would like to add?
There haven’t been volunteers in the garden for many years now so there is plenty to do. Also, it would be good to have someone(s) to talk things through about what needs to be done and how. So if anyone fancies lending a hand in the garden please do get in contact with the Hospice.