Green Fingers Volunteer

We are currently recruiting green-fingered volunteers to support the development of our growing spaces in Worksop. Successful applicants will develop opportunities for vulnerable young people to grow their own food, learn new skills, and improve their health and wellbeing.

We select all our volunteers based on merit, using informal interviews and references to assess suitability. As this volunteering opportunity will involve direct contact with vulnerable children, it will also require the completion of an Enhanced DBS Check (with Children’s Barred List Check).

Time commitment

Tuesdays, 10.30am-3pm or 1-2 hours per week (flexible).

Task profile

The Green Fingers Volunteer role is flexible and volunteers can work with the Volunteer Coordinator to create a role according to their own interests, skills and knowledge. As a guideline the main tasks involved in this role are outlined below:

  • Maintain New Roots’ allotment garden, with a particular focus on:
  • Mowing
  • Weeding
  • Growing produce
  • Work with the Volunteer Coordinator to develop the allotment garden and other sites, cultivating productive growing spaces and creating educational areas and resources.
  • Support the involvement of service users in gardening tasks, and their learning about growing their own food.

Person specification

This role would suit someone who:

  • Has some experience of gardening or horticulture, either through education, employment or volunteering.
  • Is enthusiastic about working in an outdoor environment.
  • Is familiar with the importance of health and safety.
  • Is an excellent communicator.
  • Has an understanding of safeguarding, confidentiality and the needs of vulnerable young people.
  • Is a reliable team player with a sense of humour and a positive attitude.
  • A full driving licence and access to your own vehicle would be highly advantageous.

Please note, New Roots is only able to accept applications from individuals over the age of 16. Anyone under 18 should discuss volunteering with a parent or guardian and will be required to return a consent form before any activity can take place.

Why volunteer?

New Roots is always looking for enthusiastic people, of any background, who feel they could make a difference to the project. All you need is the drive and enthusiasm to help vulnerable young people make positive changes in their lives.

Whether you’re looking for the chance to give something back, a bit of work experience, or something to do in your free time, New Roots can offer:

  • A meaningful volunteer experience with a vibrant, dynamic local charity.
  • The chance to make positive changes in the lives of our young people.
  • A full induction and training around working with vulnerable young people.
  • Access to ongoing support and development, including further training appropriate to your role.
  • Travel and other agreed expenses.
  • Valuable work experience and a reference resource for the future.

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