Steve’s story

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Steve Price worked in the building trade until a car accident several years ago when he suffered a head injury, resulting in permanent memory loss and having to learn to walk and talk again. He hasn’t worked since his injury, and is unlikely to ever do so again.

For a long time, he had resisted suggestions he should volunteer to give him something in his life besides looking after his garden. Working for free did not appeal. He finally agreed to give environmental conservation volunteering based on the Swingbridge2 boat a try after meeting Swingbridge co-ordinator Chris Padmore. He started volunteering in early 2015.

Volunteering with Swingbridge is the best thing I have ever done. It’s been brilliant. It’s given me confidence and I have learnt a lot about plants and birds and helping the environment. I feel a lot happier – that I can achieve something now.”

Steve speaks highly of the support and knowledge of his fellow volunteers, the routine that his weekly commitment has given him and the sense that he is repaying the support and kindness he has received from other people during his years of recovery.