“I don’t mind the weather, I would love to work outdoors for a living. It keeps me fit and I love coming here. The staff are nice and it helps me manage my anxiety. I am learning new things and it keeps me calm… I even got up enough confidence to join a gym!"

Beryl has been taking part in our 12 week Grow for Work programme as part of the Bridges project; showing a keen interest in the project and our ‘wrap around’ health, wellbeing and employability support.

As part of the programme Beryl attends sessions and workshops at our therapeutic and learning garden sites; Malthouse and Salop Drive Market Garden.

Beryl joined the programme to support herself to ‘better manage’ her anxiety, poor health and wellbeing. She feels this is preventing her from getting back to work and struggles with day-to-day activities and social interaction.

Attending since February 2017 Beryl started her placement at Malthouse Gardens (therapeutic centre for gardening) attending one morning per week. Her confidence has grown and she now regularly attends our larger Market Garden too, meeting new people and working alongside visitors comfortably.

Although quiet initially, Beryl has embraced all activities, never complaining about the weather and completed tasks to a high standard. She is conscientious, dependable and has shown real commitment. Her confidence is growing every day and she would be an asset to any organisation or business.