Allotment Volunteer

We believe, that everyone, everywhere, whatever their experiences, has a continuing relationship with nature and through this relationship they can grow and heal from past experiences. Would you like to volunteer with our allotment group and help survivors of torture reconnect to nature?


We have an exciting opportunity for someone to volunteer with our Newcastle upon Tyne allotment group, which is ran by our North East centre. We are looking for someone with knowledge and experience of allotment gardening to lead our group, with clinical support from our staff team

To lead the running of our allotment group which currently meets weekly onsite during the growing season April-Oct in the west end of Newcastle. To facilitate monthly remote / Zoom sessions over the winter months to plan the coming season and keep the group engaged

  • To support allotment activities such as deciding with the group what to grow, organising the space, organising equipment etc
  • To help with the maintenance and running of the garden through activities such as weeding, tidying garden areas, sowing and planting crops harvesting etc
  • To carry out basic maintenance work in the allotment outside of the group as needed, particularly during the growing season
  • To help plan and facilitate winter remote sessions to plan the coming season and engage current and new group members
  • To welcome clients who are attending the group
  • To respond to clients presenting in emotional distress, seeking support from staff colleagues if needed
  • To offer a non judgemental and supportive attitude towards clients while they are in attendance, contributing to a safe space for clients
  • To inform the clinician if there are any causes for concerns observed with clients
  • Utilising strong interpersonal skills to build trust and rapport with service users while maintaining professional boundaries
  • To liaise with our allotment partner regarding shared work, bigger jobs etc

3-4 hours per week during the growing season

3-4 hours per month in winter



Skills

The clients accessing the allotment group are survivors of torture and organised violence, each of whom have a range of mental health problems associated with the effects of being tortured

  • It is therefore essential that our volunteer has experience of working with vulnerable people with a range of complex needs, ideally including people seeking asylum
  • Knowledge of gardening and/or growing edible produce
  • Experience of planning a garden / allotment for the growing season
  • Experience of maintaining a garden / allotment
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural setting
  • Experience of working with vulnerable people
  • Resilience - Works effectively under pressure and reacts with calm & maturity to a constantly changing environment
  • Teamworking - supports colleagues and keeps others informed of key issues that affect them
  • Promotes positive & productive team working
  • Is approachable and cooperative
  • Oral communication skills - communicates effectively and sensitively with a wide range of individuals both internal and external to the organisation, some for whom English is not their first language
  • Managing diversity - recognises and values diversity. Works effectively in a multi-cultural and linguistically diverse environment
  • Practical gardening skills - able to independently grow and maintain a variety of edible plants and vegetables
  • Able to help plan produce and crops to be grown.

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When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 17/02/2022

End Date: 13/12/2023

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