Stephen’s Story

Stephen’s top tip “Give volunteering a go!”

Stephen Rundell is an enthusiastic volunteer; he works in his local charity shop, provides admin support to the Kew Steam Museum, serves food at a homeless project and even turns his hand to a bit gardening. In fact, although Stephen enjoys all his work, it turns out that gardening is his real passion.

He discovered his green fingers when he joined a group run by Certitude called Breakaway in 2012. Breakaway takes volunteers to private gardens and parks all over west London to undertake a variety of gardening activities from planting and weeding to mowing lawns and clearing overgrown spaces. Occasionally they walk along the canal path to collect litter.

“Of all my volunteering I like doing gardening best,” explains Stephen via email. He has autism and prefers to communicate in writing. “I enjoy volunteering; I think it’s useful and I like working with my friends. I also like working in the local community.”

For more information on the Breakaway Volunteering project contact the Activity and Resource Centre on 020 8810 8111.