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Volunteers

Volunteers are an essential part of our Growing People team and without your help and skills, we couldn’t provide vital support needed for our horticultural therapy sessions.

You can volunteer with Growing People in the following ways:

Support Volunteers

As a Support Volunteer, you will be supporting our Horticultural Therapists, to work alongside people with mental health issues (our gardeners).

You will be assisting our gardeners with tasks which can range from helping our gardeners dig over their plots, weeding, planting bulbs, flowers or cuttings and veg growing, plus other gardening tasks that help our gardeners achieve their goal.

The main criteria for this role is that you enjoy being with people, that you share our values which include:

  • Everyone is valued equally as an individual.
  • A focus on ability not disability.
  • Honesty and openness in conduct & behaviour.
  • Continuity of services throughout the year.
  • Emphasis on collaborative & team based working practices.
  • Low impact on the local landscape & environment in our work.

Support Volunteer Requirements:

Can you spare just 3 hours a week to help a person in need?

Support Volunteering sessions takes place on:

Mondays and Tuesdays: 9.30am – 12.30pm AND 1.00pm – 4.00pm

  • You don't have to have a huge amount of gardening skills, but you do need to have an interest and to enjoy being outdoors, even if it's cold and damp!

  • You'll need to demonstrate empathy, have good listening skills, be reliable and prepared to get involved with general tasks, including clearing up after sessions and making tea.

  • As a Support Volunteer you will have the satisfaction of knowing you are helping to make a positive difference to people's lives.

  • Plus – this will also benefit you too, as physical activities involving gardening are beneficial for your health. You will get to know a diverse group of people with a shared interest in gardening. As well as this, you are likely to develop your own skills and perhaps share some of your own with the group.

  • Many of the skills you will demonstrate and learn - teamwork, reliability, communication and practical skills, for example, are useful if you are looking for work or want to make progress in your current employment.

Equipment Required:

Ideally you will have your own pair of gardening gloves that you are comfortable in, though we can provide these if you don’t.

You'll also need sturdy footwear (ideally safety boots) and appropriate clothes for working in whatever the weather. We provide all other equipment and tools.

How to Apply

Applying is easy, simply contact us to arrange an informal interview.

Growing People will provide you with an induction programme, a volunteer’s handbook and training. You will also be supported by the Horticultural Therapist who runs your session, as well as the team you are a part of. If you need support yourself to carry out the role, we will discuss this with you and consider how this can be offered.

If you would like more information or would like to join our Support Volunteering sessions, please contact us:

By Phone: 07794 347283 or
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Garden Volunteers

As a Garden Volunteer you will be helping with the general maintenance of the site grounds.

The tasks for this can vary:

Potting herbs, digging, tackling the weeds/bramble, watering and many more general maintenance tasks.

Whatever your fitness level - there is a task for you!

Garden Volunteers Requirements:

Can you spare just 3 hours once week?

Sessions for Garden Volunteers takes place on:
Thursday mornings 9.30am - 12.30pm

  • An interest in gardening - it's also helpful if you have some basic skills in this area, but if you are enthusiastic and willing to learn, then we are happy to teach you the skills you need.

  • Reliability and punctuality.

  • Committed to working as part of a team.

  • Willing to help with general housekeeping duties e.g. making tea, tidying, cleaning.

  • Ability to work safely with due consideration for yourself and others.
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Equipment Required:

  • Ideally you will have your own pair of gardening gloves that you are comfortable in, though we can provide these if you don’t.

  • You'll also need sturdy footwear (ideally safety boots) and appropriate clothes for working in whatever the weather. We provide all other equipment and tools.

Our garden volunteers work as part of a friendly team with a shared passion for gardening, nature and the outdoors.

Garden volunteers acquire new skills and knowledge of horticulture and garden tasks, along with the joy of working in our beautiful orchard gardens and the satisfaction of knowing that their work is supporting people on the road to recovery.

How to Apply

If you would like more information or would like to join our Garden Volunteering session, please contact us:

By Phone: 07794 347283  or
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To arrange an informal meeting and have a taster session. You will also receive the volunteer's handbook, as well as guidance on site.

Fundraising

Our dedicated talented volunteers also help with various fundraising activities and you can get involved in the following ways:


How to get Involved?

Growing People Market Stall

Volunteers help with transport and staffing for one of the market stalls that we run at various points in the year, where we sell a variety of herbs and crafted items. 

Arts and Crafts

Volunteers can also join us in making the crafts that we sell, such as cards or willow items to raise funds for Growing People.

Christmas Wreaths

There's also a chance each year to get involved when we hand craft our ever-popular Christmas wreath, using plant materials gathered from the garden site. 

Other volunteers may wish to get involved in one-off events, either with organising, publicity or just taking part on the day. You might want to help us organise a sponsored walk, or join us onsite during an open day, or help out with publicising an online fundraiser (our recent Crowdfunder campaign, to support our work with vulnerable people during the pandemic raised £8155).
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Why is fundraising important to us?

Fundraising is very important for us - we are a small operation, and anything that we can raise ourselves, goes directly into helping people recovering from mental ill health.

If you have experience in fundraising and would like to share your expertise with us, please don't hesitate to contact us:

By Phone: 07794 347283  or
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Contact Us

We appreciate everything our volunteers do – their skills and experience are invaluable to us and without them we couldn’t provide Social and Horticulture therapy to our gardeners.

No experience is required for these sessions, reliability and having a positive, problem-solving attitude are more important to us than gardening knowledge.

We provide therapy sessions all the year round, unless the weather is really bad.

If you feel you can spare some time helping another person or help maintain our site – then please contact us:

By Phone: 07794 347283  or

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Social and therapeutic horticulture for wellbeing and positive mental health

Growing People

The Sadie Centre

Rosehill Hospital

Hitchin Road

Letchworth

SG6 3NA

 

Charity Registration No. 295219

Contact Us:

Tel: 07794 347283
Email: enquiries@growing-people.org.uk

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