Goldcrest House service users are embracing volunteering opportunities with local charity The Green Team by helping to maintain the gardens of elderly and disabled people in Goole who are unable to do the tasks themselves.
One service user currently volunteering is Jonathan, a garden maintenance volunteer tending to domestic garden maintenance, such as pruning, lawn mowing and leaf clearance across the charity’s 350 customer base.
Cheryl Price, Volunteer Lead at The Green Team said: ‘Jonathan is an established member of our team and he is a pleasure to work with. He has developed significantly whilst he has been with us, particularly with his communication.
‘Without our volunteers we wouldn’t be able to fulfill our mission of improving the quality of life for people by reducing their stress through enabling their enjoyment of their gardens, supporting their safety and independence.’
Ralph Parish, registered manager at Goldcrest House said: ‘Jonathan loves his work with The Green Team – gardening is one of his passions. Jonathan benefits from learning new skills and taking part in something he loves whilst building his self-confidence and independence through helping others.’
The Green Team is a registered charity providing volunteering opportunities to local people. They offer a low cost gardening service to older and disabled people living in Goole and the surrounding area.
Based on Boothferry Road, Goldcrest House is a centre of excellence dedicated to addressing the individual needs of adults over 18 affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder and learning difficulties.