Volunteering: “I couldn’t imagine what life would be like without this role.”

Published: June 5, 2017

Marcus is a supported volunteer at FitzRoy Malvern. Once a week he works alongside a member of staff, Nigel, to help maintain the beautiful gardens at the service.

Marcus has Asperger’s and is supported by one of FitzRoy Malvern’s Support Workers, Simon, in his own home for a few hours a week. He had some time on his hands, so Simon asked him if he would like to come and have a look around FitzRoy Malvern to see if there was anything he fancied helping out with. Turns out Marcus liked gardening which was perfect as we have a huge garden, so there’s always something to do!

Since starting his volunteer role, Marcus has formed a brilliant relationship with Nigel who works in the gardens. He took to him straight away and they have now been working together for around two and a half years.

Simon and Nigel have done a brilliant job working with Marcus. It’s built his confidence up and he loves coming.

Louise Hutchings, Service Manager, FitzRoy Malvern

I like routine and I look forward to coming here. It gives me self-assertive training, good habits and practical skills.

The best part about being a volunteer is the wise cracks and banter with Nigel, but Nigel might not agree with that! I couldn’t imagine what life would be like without this role.”

Marcus, FitzRoy Volunteer

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