Allotment Volunteer

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

When: 2 half days per week. Timings are flexible but ideally one of the half days would be committing to a Wednesday or Thursday morning or afternoon.

Role reports to: Tutor

You will contribute to ending homelessness by

Making a real difference in the lives of our members by helping at allotment sessions which are aimed at  improving people’s wellbeing and building their confidence as part of our member group. You will support members at the allotment in partnership with the Technical Skills Tutor at regular sessions.   If other members of staff would like to run a session at the allotment you will liaise around timings and be on site to support. Activities will be limited to 2 members at the allotment to ensure social distancing.  When staff are on leave you might be asked to water the allotment.  

 

 

  • Experience of keeping an allotment or gardening

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills with a particular focus on listening

  • Good time-keeping and reliability

  • An interest in gardening
  • Non-judgmental, patient and friendly

  • An understanding of the importance of confidentiality and maintaining boundaries

  • Be positive, productive and have a passion to help end homelessness

 

  • Workplace experience in a national organisation
  • Thorough induction to role and further training opportunities
  • The opportunity to share existing or develop new skills in a friendly and supportive environment
  • Opportunities to work with staff and fellow volunteers during the year 
  • Regular meetings with your supervisor to discuss how your volunteering is going and what other opportunities and training may be available to you together with an induction
  • A platform for building confidence
  • A reference from a reputable organisation

 

  • With support from the Technical Skills Tutor, help members to engage with the allotment sessions and where appropriate use your initiative to support members
  • Motivate members of all abilities to take part in activities

  • When necessary, to help set up equipment before the group and help clear up equipment after the session

  • Feedback any challenges or opportunities that arise during session 

  • Liaise with other members of staff who would like to use the allotment and facilirate by being on site and giving an introduction to the allotment

  • Be responsible for water the allotment if staff members are on leave

 

 

We expect volunteers to comply with Crisis policies including health and safety, data protection and code of conduct at all times.

 

  • Travel and lunch expenses are reimbursed where appropriate
  • We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and from people with disabilities