Volunteering | David's Story (Kelty Allotment)

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Seven days a week, you will find David Barnes in the Fife Gingerbread allotment- that’s dedication!

“It gives me a reason to get up and out the house every day- it gives me purpose and allows me to catch up with people and have a laugh” David told us. “I previously suffered from depression but coming here and helping our produce grow has made a real difference to me.”

Fife Gingerbread now has two allotment plots in Kelty, and the project has gone from strength to strength. With the involvement and visits from neighbouring schools, and the opportunity to provide food for local community foodbanks and Fife Gingerbread’s Families Food and Fun groups, the future looks bright. A competition to design a new welcome sign for the project will take place in the next few months for local children. We hope to bring the community together through this project, and David is an integral part of its success.

As the lockdown created a huge impact on our day to day lives, David found he was struggling at the beginning. Being back at the allotment gives him focus, and a quiet place away from the stress and worry. He travels there every day, and has overhauled our new plot, as well as taking care of this year’s crop. The biggest difference David says is “how it feels to be helping others. Unless you have needed support in your life, you really do not realise how important it is. I was involved in delivering Fife Gingerbread packages during lockdown, and it’s a great feeling to know that you have made a difference. What we grow goes back to the community.”

Volunteering is an important part of the work we do, building confidence and a sense of achievement for families who have been previously supported by Fife Gingerbread in our projects.

Thank you, David, and a big thank you to all our volunteers- you really make a difference!