Trevor started volunteering aged 49 after having to give up his previous employment due to a back injury.

He started out with Bromley Field Studies project at Scadbury Park as part of a return-to-work scheme. Subsequently, he joined the newly formed Branching Out Project which was a joint initiative with MIND and Community Options.

Showing promise, he was invited to be an Assistant to the then Project Lead. He now is the Project Lead himself hand has been successfully running the scheme for the past 8 years.

Over this time, Trevor and Branching Out have worked with 100’s of other volunteers, building confidence and self-esteem of people with lived experience of mental illness. Many have gone on to get formal horticulture qualifications and have returned to work or further studies.

The project is now so successful that in order to reach more people they need a new van. They have established a base with poly tunnels at an Ambient Service in Bromley but also provide gardening services to private individuals in the surrounds.

Being a volunteer has been transformational for Trevor, learning new skills and building his knowledge which he now is able to pass on to others.

IMAGES: Ambient Support’s Branching Out Horticultural Project in Bromley