Jordan, 24, has been volunteering with us in Burnley for four years. He lives with Asperger Syndrome and tells us how volunteering has helped his communication, developed his confidence and given him new and exciting skills.
In Jordan's words
Finding out about the Trust
I was walking with my family in Corporation Park, near Blackburn when I first met Emma Fielding from the Trust. A few days later I went to an open day in Burnley to learn more about volunteering and signed up.
Activities vary but I do any heavy lifting, tidying up the towpath or cleaning up. If there's an open day, I give people information and I chitchat with them on the towpath.
Improving my confidence
Because of my Asperger's, I find it difficult to interact with people. Before volunteering, if someone asked me a yes or no question, I'd just give a one-word answer. Volunteering has helped with my confidence, and I can interact with people better. Now if someone asks me a question, I can go into more detail and say much more than I used to.
It's helped me to meet people, like other volunteers, and I've made some good friends.
Taking to the water
My favourite thing to do with the Trust is canoeing. I've canoed along the canal in Burnley, and in 2019 I took part in the Santa Splash event in Liverpool. It's good exercise and just gives me a break from everything. It helps with my worries and gives me the chance to relax.