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Visual impairment is no barrier to volunteering for James.

Learn why James loves to keep our Robin House garden looking good.

The Robin House gardens are managed by gardener, Maggie and a team of 16 dedicated volunteers. The gardens include a peaceful dragonfly pond, sensory garden, accessible vegetable patch, rainbow bridge, pirate ship, play area and football pitch as well as secluded spots surrounded by trees, shrubs and flowers. For six years, James has been a key volunteer, maintaining the plants and looking after Robin House garden. With his guide dog by his side, he is a well known volunteer at the hospice.

"After having to give up my job due to glaucoma, I was just sitting at home doing nothing and wanted to get out more. Then I saw an advert in the paper looking for volunteers. So I decided to give it a go. I've been volunteering for six years now. Robin House is a fantastic place to work, everyone gets on together. I get satisfaction when I see and hear the kids and families in the garden. I get a great response from them too.

As soon as I walk through the gates, my mood lifts. There's children and families here in a much worse way, and I come here in the hope of trying to lift their mood in a small way. We also try and get the siblings out here in the gardens too, to help us out and get involved. Some of them will work all day, they love it so much. It's a big family here and we'd do anything for the kids."

If you can spare a little bit of time to ‘Keep The Joy Alive’ for families from across Scotland, just get in touch by emailing volunteering@chas.org.uk today!

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