Are you an avid gardener, or do you want the opportunity to contribute your gardening skills to the maintenance of our beautiful gardens? We have a site based at Springfield Hospital in Tooting which our students, along with our Horticulture Trainers, have developed and are continuing to maintain. You don’t need to have advanced gardening skills, we’d just like someone who is passionate about greenery and would like to volunteer to support our students with their development in the garden. We’ve got lots of exciting new projects on the go, so now is a great time to join in with the fun.
As a volunteer you’ll be supporting our students that have a range of disabilities to complete their work based training in the garden. You’ll support by assisting with garden maintenance, as well as educational, personal and social development of our students.
We provide training, personal development and educational opportunities to disabled people and those facing health-related barriers to employment, so that they can progress towards their individual goals for life, participation in the community and employment.
Our ideal volunteer would have a real interest in working with people with disabilities, along with a passion for horticulture. They’ll need to have some basic gardening skills, be able to work as part of a team and use their own initiative. Ideally they’ll have good communication skills, and be able to follow instructions and support others to excel. If you have any experience of teaching, that would be a bonus.
We can guarantee that the right people will have a wonderful experience working in our warm and friendly community. In return for you giving up your time for us, you can expect:
- A warm welcome into our organisation
- A comprehensive induction
- On-going support from staff
- An opportunity to develop new skills and add to your CV
- Reimbursement of travel expenses
- Free lunch and refreshments
- The opportunity to take part in the annual volunteer survey
- Access to our volunteer forum
- A genuine opportunity to make a difference