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Lead Allotment Volunteer Opportunity



The children enjoy growing and eating the food from our allotment and gain a lot from being in the space. As we have become busier, we are now looking for a small army of volunteers to help maintain our special space and help give it some TLC.  


Whether you're an experienced gardener or just starting out, being part of a community space is a great way to connect with others, whilst helping wildlife and the local area. Our volunteers would have access after school hours and at weekends.


To get our project underway we are looking to appoint a Lead Allotment Volunteer to help organise the allotment and the volunteers we will need.


Role:

Lead Allotment Volunteer


Purpose of role:

To form and lead a small team of volunteers to help maintain our allotment. To develop and help launch our new community allotment so that it can be enjoyed by the children during school hours and allotment volunteers and team members after school hours and at weekends.


Responsible to: 

Head of Forest School


Main activities:


  • Creating a reliable team of volunteers to help maintain the allotment 

  • Help with the upkeep development and protection of the allotment so that it can be enjoyed by everyone

  • Tidying up, dead-heading, weeding borders, general upkeep and pruning, planting out and organising seeds and crops

  • Propagating and greenhouse work

  • Watering 

  • Looking after equipment

  • Being a friendly face for the allotment

  • Helping out with the planned development of the garden

  • Maintaining a visual list of “jobs” for the children and others to carry out



Time Commitment: 

To be arranged but ideally at least 2 hours a week


Skills and Qualifications:


  • Experience of gardening would be an advantage but not essential, as long as you’re willing to learn along with others

  • Enjoy working as part of a team

  • Able to work with volunteers with a range of experience, abilities, backgrounds and age

  • Energy!


Training and Support


  • An initial induction will be given to all new volunteers

  • Volunteers will also be offered the opportunity to attend other training and development events relevant to their role

  • We will hold regular volunteer meetings to provide an opportunity to give feedback and contribute ideas

  • You will be a valued member of our growing team 

  • We will apply for an Enhanced DBS check to confirm your suitability to work around children and will provide relevant Safeguarding Training. We will also check your right to work in the UK



To Apply:


 

For the Lead Allotment Volunteer position:

Email a short personal statement as to why you think you will be suitable for the position to:



Closing Date for Applications 0900hrs Monday 22nd January 2024


 


To pre-register your interest as a volunteer:


Let us know who you are and we will add you to our allotment mailing list:






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