Devon Marston


Ward Visitor

  • When did you join Canerows and Plaits?

April 2006.

  • Why did you want to be a visitor?

I have experienced mental health problems and have been an inpatient on the wards. Through my experience I realised that things needed to change on the wards. I also believe that service users can care and support each other. I want to help people to help themselves and help each other.

  • Tell us a bit about your education and work.

I used to work at Arding and Hobbs as a lift attendant. In the 70’s, I played with a band where I was a singer, song writer and Guitarist. I also did a few plays in the West End in the early 80’s. Now I’m with Channel 1, Blessed and The Friday band at Sound Minds as a singer and a drummer.

  • What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I write plays, stories and poetry. I also love to watch films and cook.

  • What do you like about working for Canerows?

I like seeing people working together and supporting each other as a group of people who have a common goal that is to make a difference to peoples' lives.

  • What do you like about visiting people?

I like visiting people as I enjoy meeting people and getting to know new people.

  • What tips would you give people considering taking up the role of a ward visitor?

Be confident and use your own mental health experience. Be prepared to go onto the wards and share your stories where people are not well with an aim to help and support them by working with the staff and other professionals.