Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering

Projects across the Trellis network are often looking for volunteers to fill a variety of roles.

If you have some time and skills to share with others please have a look at the volunteering opportunities listed below or contact gardening projects directly via the Directory of Projects

If you can't see any projects in your local area, then please email Jenny at the Trellis office who can suggest further gardening projects that encourage volunteering.

Here in the Trellis office we also need volunteers from time to time to help with administrative, website or fundraising work. Email or call to find out about current opportunities.

Volunteers get a lot out of their work:
"It's really helping my concentration."           "It's nice to feel useful."

 

Opportunities Available

 

Youth Vision

Positon: Chair Person
Location: Youth Vision 44 Harlaw Road Balerno Edinburgh EH14 7AX

Youth Vision is seeking to appoint a new Chair Person who would commit for at least 2 years

We are looking for someone with experience of chairing or has been involved in a lead role in a management committee, service management or leadership, and able to take Youth Vision on to the next phase of its development.

Youth Vision is a small Edinburgh based charity that has been running for 9 years.  Our aim is to provide support for challenging and hard to reach young people. We work from our restored 18th century Farm Steading outside Balerno, within the Pentland Regional Park. We provide outdoor activities as a way to promote self-awareness and emotional development and support participants to strive towards more positive futures

Committee meetings take place on the last Monday evening of the month at our office in Balerno.  

Please contact the Manager, Sara Beauregard, for an informal discussion prior to application:
Sara Beauregard, Manager, Youth Vision, 44 Harlaw Road, Balerno, Edinburgh  EH14 7AX.                  
Phone: 07999 948491
Email            info@youthvision.uk
Website        https://www.youthvision.uk/

Charity number    SC040741, Company number    SC363481

Contact: Sara Beauregard, Phone: 07999 948491, Email: info@youthvision.uk

 


Role                                  Volunteer Cook
Organisation                    Cyrenians
Location                            Edinburgh
Type of Contract              Part time
Hours of Work                  Wednesdays from 10.00 until 13.00
How to apply                     rachelhelms@cyrenians.scot

 


Role                                    Volunteer Events Assistant
Organisation                      Cyrenians
Location                             Edinburgh
Type of Contract               This opportunity is only available for young people from 16 to 30 years old

Link to job on Website     Please register directly with Project Scotland
https://www.projectscotland.co.uk/
0131 226 0700 and ask for Ursula
 

 

 

Volunteers needed for Letham Allotments, Perth

Is anyone with gardening skills  interested in being a volunteer at the allotment sites in Letham. This is a great community project . Their hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and 3pm. Any support would be fantastic.
They have two allotments to run and are working with 3 local primary schools at the moment, a PUSH project is working there and they have plot holders who can sometimes do with a wee hand to keep things going if they take ill etc.
If you are interested please phone Linda Cook on  07474741115, email lethamclimatechallenge@gmail.com  or pop into the Swap Shop same days and times. 35- 39 Garth Avenue, Letham, PH1 2LG.
 
 


Move More Macmillan
Want to muck in?
Do you have an interest in gardening?

We are looking for volunteers to help us support people living with cancer get involved with our garden programme in Dundee. For more information or to volunteer call Macmillan Exercise Referral Coordinator 01382 432259 or email chrisbaily@leisureandculturedundee.com 

 


Cyrenians
Love being in the Garden?
Have some free time at the weekend?

Then you might be interested in volunteering this summer with Cyrenians at our two Community Gardens.  Please click the picture below for more details

 


 


Move More Gardening Volunteers, Edinburgh
Why we need you?
Move More wants to make sure that everyone affected by cancer has access to appropriate physical activity opportunities and we need your help to achieve this. Macmillan Cancer Support is working with Edinburgh Leisure to support people affected by cancer to take the first steps to become more active.
We are looking for volunteers to help us deliver our gardening activities for people affected by cancer.
You don’t need to have any prior gardening experience or knowledge, we are looking for someone to co-ordinate our group and be the main support person for the group. You will meet the participants each week at the same time and location, assist them during the session and facilitate a tea/coffee chat after the gardening session.
We hope to have two locations in summer 2016, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Wauchope Community Garden in Craigmillar. If you would like further information please contact Jodi McGinty, Macmillan Move More Edinburgh Project Assistant, email jodimcginty@edinburghleisure.co.uk 
phone  0131 458 2190
 


Seaview Sensory Garden, Edinburgh EH15
We are looking for some volunteers to help in our garden . We have a qualified gardener working with us who also involves children and staff in the project .
We would like volunteers to commit to a few hours per week on a seasonal basis .
Volunteers do not have to have experience but an interest in learning and being part of a team .
Further information from Christina 07836 561 118
 


Live-in Volunteers Wanted, South West Scotland
Lothlorien (Rokpa Trust)
is a Buddhist influenced therapeutic community for people with mental health problems. Quiet  rural setting in S. W. Scotland. Daily programme includes organic vegetable gardening, relaxation, cooking, crafts etc. 
We need full time live-in volunteers for minimum of 6 months.
For further details see www.lothlorien.tc  or phone   01644 440602
 


Volunteer Midlothian are looking for an Environmental Support Volunteer, Dalkeith Country Park.
Looking for a career in therapeutic horticulture/gardening or leading activities in the outdoors?
We need outgoing and enthusiastic people to assist with delivering volunteering sessions with the Midlothian Growing Project. We need individuals who are interested in working with people who may have a diverse range of needs. Volunteers will help deliver activities, providing instruction and guidance to other volunteers.
This role is varied and will involve supporting others to feel comfortable and get involved in gardening, joinery, landscaping, garden design and other tasks. All tasks will be explained in advance and with reference to health and safety. Activities could include food growing, wildlife gardening, wood working, assisting with workshops and garden open days. Key to the project is the enjoyment of volunteers who attend our group. Experience of working in a support or caring role and/or knowledge and experience of horticulture, landscaping, joinery, garden design is an advantage but not essential.
Volunteers are mainly required for our Friday sessions 1.30-3.30pm at Dalkeith Country Park but other times may be available.
Contact Kat Dunlop on 0131 660 1216 or email Katrina@volunteermidlothian.org.uk for more information and an application pack.
http://www.volunteermidlothian.org.uk/volunteering/find-opportunities/search-results/?oppID=753

 


Volunteer Poly Tunnel Adviser
Birchwood Highland Recovery Centre
is part of Birchwood Highland, a progressive charity based in the Highlands, which supports people through mental ill health towards mental wellbeing. At the Recovery Centre we seek to provide an alternative to institutional care, and to look at the whole person and not just their diagnosis.
We currently have a well-established garden which produces a variety of soft fruit and vegetables. To complement this we have purchased a small poly tunnel which we are in the process of establishing.
We are looking to recruit a volunteer with experience of poly tunnels to advise us on best produce to grow and the maintenance of it. The hours are negotiable but we would expect this to take up no more than one afternoon per week.
A disclosure from Disclosure Scotland would be required
For further details or to express interest please contact Duncan Macpherson at duncan.macpherson@birchwoodhighland.org.uk   or telephone 01463 716600  
 
 


Garden Volunteer Wanted, St Andrews
If you have enthusiasm and some gardening knowledge and would like to help some elderly care home  residents care for their garden,  please get in touch with us, here at the Trellis office email jenny@trellisscotland.org.uk   
 


 

Gardening Volunteer

Belmont Lane & Alderman Road, Coach House Trust , Glasgow
Working within our busy gardens sites, in a supportive capacity alongside service users the volunteer role involves a range of activities including growing vegetables, herbs and flowers, composting and worm composting. This position would be ideal for someone who already has
experience of working within a horticulture environment with vulnerable groups such as, learning disability, mental ill health, homelessness etc. however this experience is not essential as training will be provided. This is a great opportunity for you to contribute your existing skills and
knowledge to others within a therapeutic environment and to become part of the wider CHT team.
You will receive an induction and day to day guidance and support from a staff member. You will also have the opportunity to participate in training including mentoring skills, mental health awareness, group working and risk awareness. Applicants for this position will be required to
complete a PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) check. This will not incur any cost to the volunteer.
Applicants for this position are required to be available for a minimum of 1 day or more per week, from 9.30am until 4.30pm, and preferably be available for a minimum of six months after the initial trial period. We are looking for a volunteer with:
Knowledge and Understanding

  • Knowledge of horticulture, tools and equipment
  • Understanding of organic growing methods and health and safety in the garden
  • Knowledge of community resilience nurturing bio-diversity

Skill and Abilities

  • Ability to communicate with vulnerable adults with additional support needs
  • To work as a member of a team or independently when necessary
  • A clean UK driving licence (desirable but not essential)

Personal Attributes

  • Positive, self-motivated and enthusiastic
  • Reliable
  • Willing to learn and develop

 
Phone 0141 334 6888  email info@thecht.co.uk  online at www.thecht.co.uk  
The Coach House Trust, 84 Belmont Lane, Kelvinside, Glasgow, G12 8EN

 
Pennycook Court, Dundee DD1 4JL
The residents of Pennycook Court would like to do more with their raised beds. DO you have some gardening knowledge ? Able to lend a hand for a morning or afternoon a week? Can you help get the residents out and help to salvage geraniums (maybe already too late...), plant spring bulbs and plan the plots for next season.  There are 3 raised beds about 1.5 metres square and a few containers; enclosed and pretty shaded but looks like their bedding from this year did really well. One bed has been set up ready to plant with alpines (Dobbies donations): various gravels and rocks over membrane, it's perfect to plant into and will look great with just a few plants in it. Please contact  Sarah on 01382 646532,  sarah.lewis@homegroup.org.uk    for more information.
 


Volunteer Training

Volunteer Scotland is delivering a  new volunteering and employability training programme as part of Legacy 2014 in Forth Valley, Borders, North and South Lanarkshire and North Ayrshire. So, if you know anyone aged between 16 – 24 and not in full time education, training or employment and they want to try something new and exciting.They have just the thing. For more information on great volunteering opportunities and how to get a recognised Employability Award, just follow the link. Or contact them  direct on 01786 479593. http://www.volunteerscotland.net/about-us/current-projects/scotlands-best/


 

MacMillan Day Care, Dundee welcome volunteers to help patients enjoy the garden at Roxburghe House, palliative care centre. Please contact mandy.trickett@nhs.net for further information.


Dighty Connect is a volunteer-led project working along the Dighty Burn in Dundee, exploring ways to improve the green space through a mixture of conservation and cultural activities.
  Garden volunteers help to maintain the Dighty garden and grow a wide variety salads, vegetables, fruits and flowers.  With a focus on wildlife friendly gardening and using organic permaculture-inspired methods we focus each week on a different theme - composting, sowing, mulching, soil care etc.  Produce is shared between volunteers and the community centre cafe.
    Conservation volunteers work as part of a team to increase the biodiversity of the Dighty Burn and to monitor the Dighty’s environment by carrying out biological survey sessions.  Led by our conservation project worker, volunteers learn skills such as traditional scything, invasive species removal, and tree planting as well as map reading, foraging and cooking.
   Sessions usually last 2-3 hours and refreshments are provided.
For more information email enquiry@dightyconnect.org or call 01382 436932
Www.dightyconnect.org
Www.facebook.com/dighty.connect

 


 


Residential Volunteers Wanted
Lothlorien (Rokpa Trust) is a Buddhist influenced therapeutic community for people with mental health problems. Quiet rural setting in South West Scotland. Daily programme includes organic vegetable gardening, cooking and relaxation.  We need full time live-in volunteers for minimum of 6 months. Phone  01644 440602 or email Kasia at lothlorien1@btopenworld.com. Website: www.lothlorien.tc
 


Urban Roots, Glasgow
For more information volunteering opportunities, please check the Urban Roots community garden page for details or contact projects@urbanroots.org.uk
phone  0141 613 2766