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Aaron branches out into a job he loves

Aaron branches out into a job he loves

When we caught up, Aaron told us how he was “stuck in a rift” after leaving college. He’d just finished a course in Mechanics but struggled to find the right job.

“I felt like I had no goals.”

But the future looked bright after he’d been encouraged by the Jobcentre to take up volunteering. And it wasn’t long before Niki (our Volunteer Coordinator) found Aaron a placement with Glendale Services (our grounds maintenance contractor)- an opportunity he was quick to seize.

“Niki’s support was ace. She made sure I was happy and helped me keep the important stuff up to date.”

Aaron’s new colleagues soon picked up on just how well he’d performed during his time as a volunteer- so much so that he quickly advanced from his placement to a seasonal worker, where he continued to excel.

Of all the work he could do with Glendale, one ‘branch’ stood out from the rest, though- “I loved the idea of being an arborist”, said Aaron.

So, looking to further invest in his future- and much to his delight- Glendale recently offered Aaron the chance to step into an Arborist apprenticeship.

Now a typical day for Aaron involves climbing up trees (using a two-rope safety system), aerial tree work (using chainsaws and other tools), pruning, dismantling, and using various pieces of machinery (like chippers) to keep estates safe and looking their best.

“[working at height] was dead scary at first- but now I get a proper adrenaline rush every time.

“I love working here. My team push me to try new things and gain new skills. And there’s always someone here to support me- whether it’s help with my apprenticeship, or just a friendly chat. It’s like I’ve got a bit of a ‘family tree’ at work.”

And Aaron’s got a plan for the future now, too. He said “I’d love to stay here and eventually become a Team Leader one day.”

If you’ve been inspired by Aaron’s story, please remember that we can help you (or someone you’re close to) into work and/or training. Find out how at

We can help with work experience placements, interview prep and clothing (through our Working Wardrobe), training, CVs, job searching, rebuilding confidence and motivation, and much more. Just give us a shout if you need us.

These shots show Aaron in action, and with his team:

Glendale's Arborist apprentice Aaron at work (photo 1)

Glendale's Arborist apprentice Aaron at work (photo 2)

Glendale's Arborist apprentice Aaron at work (photo 3)

Glendale's Arborist apprentice Aaron at work (photo 4)

Glendale's Arborist apprentice Aaron at work (photo 5)

Glendale's Arborist apprentice Aaron and his colleagues

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Latest TAP4 issue

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Our latest issue of TAP4 (issue 8) has landed and you can read it by clicking here.

In this issue:

  • Friendly faces in familiar places - Bolton Manbassadors
  • Tips from Tom to help with rising energy costs
  • Be aware of doorstep fraudsters
  • Your home repairs - we're getting back on track
  • Introducing Aptem
  • How we're improving our complaints system
  • Support for Bolton's street homeless - Hope for Change
  • A fresh start - giving support to people leaving hospital
  • Our staff talk you through Air Source Heat Pumps
  • "Money Advice has been an absolute lifelife"
  • Recognise your community heroes - Stars of the Community Awards 2022
  • Providing opportunities for young people

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Each quarter, we send our printed Quarter Turn magazine to 4,800 customers living in our sheltered and extra care schemes, those receiving Careline and living in our general let and over 70s in our general let.