David Murray has been volunteering with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) in Glasgow for approximately three years.
“I was paid off from my job and did nothing for a couple of months, so I went online looking for something to do. I’ve always liked the outdoors, gardening and the like. I saw something about TCV, so I just phoned up and started a few days later.
We do all sorts – building fences, clearing vegetation, digging ponds, tree and wildflower planting , even drystane dyking. I prefer helping to build things. It’s good for your CV – the job centre told me that as you’re doing something and employers think you’re still busy.
I’m out two or three times a week. It gets you out of your bed, so it’s something to do in the morning. And it’s motivational – if I didn’t do this I would probably vegetate in front of the TV or something.
It gets you out of the house meeting and being with people, and having some chit-chat. I love going anywhere where there’s a pond or nice scenery and trees, and I just like travelling around nice countryside.
And I’ve learned a lot – I’m interested in it all. Sometimes you don’t actually realise you’ve learned new skills, but you have. Things like making raised beds – it’s dead easy now as you just remember from the last time you did it. You learn! I just love the outdoors and you’re always doing something different.
I’d definitely recommend volunteering to others, especially if you’re not working. There have been so many highlights. I just love the variety of the things that we do.”
The TCV Glasgow volunteers group is organised by Lauren Lochrie, Senior Project Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0141 552 5294.
You can visit the TCV Scotland website @ https://www.tcv.org.uk/scotland