A Traveller’s Tale

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I came to PLUSPerth in June 2013, when I was going through a period
of confusion in my life, not knowing what I wanted to do or in what
direction I wanted to go.

I started to volunteer at the garden project (Horner’s Plot) which
was in its infancy, as it gave me something to do and a sense of
involvement. As the project grew, there was the opportunity to
become employed as a part-time project worker, and at the same
time I was able to undertake training as a WRAP workshop facilitator
– I had previously participated in WRAP sessions as a means of
looking after my own mental health and wellbeing, and found it to
be of enormous benefit.

Due to the success of the garden, PLUS was awarded funding
to expand the project to create further city centre green spaces
providing meaningful activities for those who were perhaps feeling
socially isolated or simply wanted to do a bit of gardening, and I was
able to take up a full-time position as a project worker.

It is largely thanks to PLUS – its vision, its staff and its volunteers, that I find myself in
a position to fulfil a long-held ambition to become a language teacher, using my skills
and interests for the benefit of learners in other countries.

I am off to Greece to train for a month, then will be back here for a couple of months
whilst I decide on the next step.

What is for sure, though, is that PLUS will always be a part of me, and I of PLUS.

Richard Ryan

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