Bethan Toward

Hi Peppard News! My name is Bethan Toward, I am 14 years old and I’m currently doing my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. I started in March through my current school (Gillotts). Before I went to Gillotts, I was a pupil at Peppard Primary School. During my time there, I was fortunate enough to be a Peppard News Junior Editor which was such an honour! My sister, Heather, has finished in Year 6 at Peppard, and we both had a wonderful time at the school and were sad to say goodbye.

I started volunteering at Greenshoots on the 5th March 2021 for the voluntary section of my DofE and needed to complete a three month placement. However, I enjoyed it so much that I decided to continue after completing my goal. 

After just over four months, I have made so many friends and have such happy memories. Everyone that goes there is so lovely, funny, exciting and I am so lucky to have met them! made so many friends and have such happy memories. Everyone that goes there is so lovely, funny, exciting and I am so lucky to have met them!

I chose Greenshoots because I really love to be outside. It’s so rewarding to watch the seeds you plant grow into beautiful flowers. I also think that Greenshoots is such an incredible charity because it gives adults with learning disabilities opportunities to enjoy the world, feel safe, socialise, and take responsibility and pride in themselves as well as their work.

When I’m at Greenshoots I work with the trainees which means there’s a lot of talking! I usually do a range of tasks; for example, watering, potting on, weeding, preparing the soil, planting seeds, etc. 

I always knew I wanted to achieve a DofE award because of my grandad who worked for the scheme for over 35 years and spent many years helping to transform the scheme to make it accessible to all, particularly enabling young people with disabilities to participate. I think he is such an inspiration and I really wanted to take part myself.

I hope that after reading this I have persuaded you firstly to check out Greenshoots, maybe even help there! And secondly, to join the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. Both have been a fantastic experience so far and I can’t wait to continue

Bethan Toward