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Green Hub – Garden Lead Volunteer

Garden Lead Volunteers will act as the liaison between Aberfeldy Community Centre & community garden users within the area. They will work closely with the existing gardeners to encourage co-operative working while supporting their work in their individual plots.

Garden Lead volunteers will facilitate garden activities that will foster community spirit among the gardeners. They will facilitate support for the community garden in cash or in kind to enable the gardens to flourish as an attractive, productive community asset.

Description of tasks

Garden Policies and Procedures/Guidelines  

  • Ensure that guidelines are agreed by members of the community garden concerned and that all members fully understand and abide by such guideline
  • Promote best practices in the concerned garden.
  • To facilitate meetings of the garden members.

Communication

  • Notify/remind gardeners of planned meetings/ gatherings/ activities, volunteering requests, educational & training opportunities.
  • Update garden bulletin boards to communicate with gardeners who do not use email
  • Encourage active exchange/ communication and problem-solving among gardeners.
  • Offer support for conflict situations when needed.
  • Attend quarterly garden review meetings with CaN Green Hub Staff
  • Record and Monitor volunteer hours weekly and report CaN Green Hub Staff

Garden Management

  • Notify Green Hub Staff of critical maintenance needs (e.g., broken lock, damaged beds, water leaks etc.)
  • Request supplies for garden (e.g., tools, wood chips and soil)
  • Assess garden plot activity and discus non-compliance to garden guidelines with relevant gardener. (e.g., abandoned plots, misuse of beds). Communicate case to garden members and agree course of action.
  • Coordinate maintenance of common areas, pathways, and plants/ trees.

Community Building and Events

  • Coordinate general garden, volunteer, and educational opportunities at garden site.
  • Facilitate the organisation of community activities and events (e.g., seasonal garden events, gardener gatherings)
  • Delegate and broaden site leadership, recruit volunteers to assist with special projects (e.g., harvesting events, spring festivals)
  • Motivate & Encourage garden volunteers to work together (e.g., facilitate introductions and communication among gardeners)

Health & Safety

  • Be aware of any matters, which might be considered to prejudice the health, safety or well being of gardeners, volunteers, residents and / or visitors to the gardens. Report any concerns to the Green Hub Lead.

 

 

 

 

Requirements

We are looking for a hands-on, confident, passionate and committed volunteer who has a budding interest in gardening and fostering community spirit! Has a genuine interest in people and an enthusiasm for planning and leading activities.

Green Hub Lead Volunteers will be expected to commit to 7 hours per week, between the core hours of 9am to 5pm, which can be split across 2 days.

Occasionally, we may request the Lead volunteer to be available to support during weekends to coordinate and deliver events/festivals.

We would like to encourage Bengali speaking volunteers to come forward as English is not the first language for our service users.

What can we offer?

  • We aim to provide a meaningful experience for you as a volunteer.
  • You will have a full induction followed by the right training and ongoing support.
  • You will have a named supervisor and there will be opportunities for regular feedback so you can track your progress and work towards meeting your particular goals.
  • You will be prioritised for any further training we have on offer.
  • You will receive agreed ‘out of pocket’ travel and food expenses with proof of receipts.
  • We will provide you with an honest reference regardless of how long you are with us.
  • We can promise a safe environment without discrimination and a supportive space to be in.

All volunteers will be required to undertake an informal interview and be able to supply references.

Volunteer for this role

Volunteer Application
If you are under the age of 18 we require permission from your parent or guardian prior to you volunteering

More about you

Which days are you available to volunteer? *
Would you like to be added to our Volunteering Service WhatsApp group and receive updates on upcoming events?
Are you a Poplar HARCA Resident?
Have you lived in the UK for more than 10 years? *
Can we add you to our mailing list for other one-off volunteering opportunities? *
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If you are currently unemployed, would you like to recieve support from our Employment & Training team? *

Who should we contact in an emergency?

References

Please provide contact details of two referees who are both willing to provide a character reference. This will involve answering questions on a range of topics from your strengths to areas for development and your time management. Unfortunately we cannot accept references from family or friends. If possible, at least one referee should know you from work, education or volunteering. There are lots of people suitable to provide references, if you are struggling to think of anyone suitable please get in touch and we can discuss your options.
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