Volunteer

Two Volunteer stories

Volunteering can be anything you want it to be. Above all else though you are giving something to your community and getting lots of benefits yourself. To volunteer with Incredible Edible Prestwich please contact us.

Here are just two stories from two different types of volunteer:

From Heather

I occasionally volunteer at Incredible Edible over a year or two and I find it helps my mental health greatly. I love working under direction with the amazingly knowledgeable Barbara and Mark. I have learnt how to grow from tiny seeds and later plant in pots and eventually plant outside. We then sell and donate the gorgeous vegetables and flowering plants.

I knew nothing at all about gardening but just enjoy watching the process.  Kale is stunning because from such small seedlings they grow enormously. I truly enjoyed taking my red onions and kale home and cooking them that night. Oil and salt made them very special.

It’s a lovely social Saturday morning for me.

 

From Mark

I first started volunteering with Incredible Edible Prestwich, at the Philips Park project, back in 2011when I retired from my teaching career.

Throughout the last 13 years I have continued volunteering at Philips and I am now secretary ofIncredible Edible Prestwich District. (IEPAD)

I am also a volunteer with the Love Springwater group, a director of the Philips Park Barn CIC, anda director of the Incredible Edible national CIC.
Undoubtedly the best part of 13 years has been the people I have met through volunteering, some of whom I now consider to be close friends. The spirit, willingness and camaraderie of the volunteers never cease to amaze me and I always look forward to the volunteer sessions in the parks.

There are well known beneficial effects of working in nature. I see this for myself and with the other volunteers. At Philips we work alongside Lancs. Wildlife trust who run specific wellbeing sessions. Although, in IEPAD, we are aiming to grow vegetables, herbs, fruit etc I think an equally important part of our existence has been the social aspect of our organisation. It is not just about the task in hand but the opportunity for volunteers to meet up and socialise.

It has also become clear to me, the importance that volunteers have in the maintenance and running of our community spaces. Since I started at Philips, the number of Local Authority (LA) rangers has dramatically decreased but there has been a corresponding increase in the number of volunteers and groups getting involved. There is however, still a role for the LA to be involved in coordination, communication and support for the increasing number of volunteer groups now operating.

Group of women who ran the Apple Day cafe