HELPING others has helped a Stratford man help himself.
Philip Coldicott is among those who have experienced a boost to their personal wellbeing simply by lending a hand, and he is urging others to think about volunteering.
The 58-year-old often volunteers at the Stratford Playhouse and at events held in the town.
He can often be seen armed with his camera, ready to capture occasions from Shakespeare’s Birthday to Stratford Festival of Motoring.
As well as suffering bouts of depression, Philip has Marfan syndrome – a genetic disorder which affects joints and connective tissues, often resulting in long arms, legs, fingers and toes. The 7’3″ Chewbacca actor Peter William Mayhew suffered from the condition which affects one in 5,000 people.
But the Stratford resident told the Observer how volunteering helps him overcome his struggles.
Philip explained how he became part of the team at the Rother Street theatre.
“We all got talking and realised we shared some common philosophies such as, acceptance, playfulness, caring about the community and making it a fun place to be. I feel at home and at ease here and also felt encouraged and supported.
“Volunteering gives me feeling of being wanted and of use to the community.
“And I love helping our brilliant town of Stratford on Avon. I have met some amazing people helping out. I would recommend it for everyone.”
Visit www.wcava.org.uk to find out about volunteering roles available in the area.