Garden project helps volunteer blossom into the team

A volunteer has shared of his delight to join the team as a permanent member of staff after dedicating over two years to putting the social life of retirees at the Port Glasgow development first.

Steven Lambie began volunteering at Bield’s Crosshill Gardens in August 2018, visiting once a week to plan social events before taking up a more permanent position at the development as of October 2020 in a housing assistant role.

The 36-year-old would host tea parties and social gatherings in the communal lounge and took some customers on afternoon trips to a local garden centre. He then introduced a successful garden project, which became a fundamental part of the community – especially during lockdown.

The garden project is one of Steven’s proudest achievements, after he spent hours planting shrubs and flowers and sorting the garden to create a welcoming space for customers to enjoy.

He added: “I’ve always been a people person so working at Bield and being able to interact with a wide variety of people and a range of characters is the perfect role for me – albeit the circumstances are challenging at the moment.

“The garden project will always stick in my mind, as the day we finished, around 20 customers came outside to enjoy the area we had worked hard on in the sunshine – this led to a small garden party and it was just lovely to see them interacting with one another. The manager also commented that she hadn’t seen so many sitting outside before.

“It also became a vital area to get fresh air during lockdown and it was extremely fortunate that we had spent time renovating to ensure there was a safe and comfortable area for customers to relax.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Bield and can’t wait to see what the next few years will bring for the housing industry.”

During lockdown, Steven – along with the rest of the team at Crosshill Gardens – looked to cheer customers up at every opportunity by leaving treats outside their doors, and having conversations with the customers from a distance.

Steven has been connected with the development since its opening in 1986 after his great grandmother was one the first customers to move in.