Growing Lives Co-worker
John approached Sydenham Garden after he had lost his job and after a period of mental ill-health. John thought Growing Lives would be helpful and take his mind off things. John told Sydenham Garden that he enjoyed having a routine and mixing with other like-minded people who have experienced similar situations. He stated he usually felt a lot more ‘chilled’ when he left and particularly enjoyed (and learnt a lot from), the OCN conservation course. John felt it really shows that he had achieved something that he could take to an employer, despite being unwell. John stated: “It looks good on your CV and shows that you have taken initiative.” Since leaving the programme John has gained full-time employment.
Note: Details have been changed to protect anonymity and photos are not related to John.