The Independence Trust was recently thrust into the limelight when a TV production company arrived at the gardens of Weavers Croft mental health clinic in Stroud. The programme has the working title ‘Respect Your Elders’ and focusses on showing the younger generation the benefits that volunteering can have, both for individuals and their communities.
Dave Walters, Independence Trust Bridge Builder, assisted local woman Joan Mccarthey in demonstrating the amazing contribution that Independence Trust volunteers have made to the gardens at Weavers Cross. Volunteers have helped transform the once drab and uninspiring gardens into a productive organic garden for those using the clinic to relax and enjoy, featuring colourful hand-painted plant pots, sensory areas, and vegetable plots to promote healthy eating.
Dave Walters said:
“The visit from the Channel 5 film crew gave us the ideal opportunity to demonstrate the commitment, expertise and enthusiasm of our hardworking volunteers. Projects such as that at Weavers Croft gardens are a great way to both ‘give something back’ to your community and develop your own skills. And you also meet some great people along the way!”
From cooking and gardening to music and photography classes, Independence Trust volunteers lead over 100 different groups across Gloucestershire that help to support and strengthen their clients’ emotional and physical wellbeing. Volunteers from a diverse range of backgrounds are supported across the county by Independence Trust peer volunteers.
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