John a volunteer at a community farm

I started volunteering after walking away from a well-paid but extremely boring and mind-killing job. I was disillusioned, with life, suffering from low self-esteem and lack of confidence, depressed, and emotionally burnt out.

I needed somewhere that could offer me time and space to find who I am, grow without the pressures of the rat race, and also provide gentle and positive encouragement to learn new skills in a safe nurturing environment and be able to finally prove to myself that I am not the failure I have always believed and felt I am.

For me, volunteering at Sol Haven has ticked all those boxes and so much more. I’m learning new skills I never dreamed I would even attempt to try, let alone do quite well, have met many wonderful and interesting people, I love my days when volunteering and life finally feels worth getting out of bed for.