Volunteering Opportunities


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."

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
0131 226 0700 and ask for Ursula

Are you interested in gardening?
Have some time to spare?
Changing career and looking to gain practical gardening experience in a therapeutic educational environment?
Balnacraig School, Perth are seeking a Volunteer Gardening Assistant
to assist the Therapeutic Gardener (TG) create a working, educational gardening environment for pupils with behavioural support needs.
The role involves general gardening and preparation of gardening materials for educational projects under the guidance of the TG: Everything from soil preparation to seed sowing, planting out, watering, harvesting, pruning and landscaping tasks such as digging, barrowing etc.
Looking for
·         A practical person, good with tools and equipment.
·         Some knowledge/experience of gardening and plants is desirable. 
·         Physically fit
·         Excellent listening & social skills 
This position is subject to a PVG disclosure check and in-house vetting (2 referees required).
Balnacraig encourages and supports volunteers to achieve their personal goals through supervision, development discussions and recognising & celebrating individual contribution. 
For further information, please contact Jo West
Phone 01738 636456
Balnacraig School, Perth PH2 7AR 
An independent special school for 11-17yr olds http://balnacraig.org.uk/   

Help Yourself Grow’ in Glasgow are looking for therapeutic gardening volunteers to support the delivery of gardening training to young people with a learning disability. The training takes place each Tuesday and Friday and is led by a horticultural trainer and co-trainer, sessions running from 10-1pm. If you are interested in finding out a little more about this opportunity please contact: jean@thehiddengardens.org.uk
More information can also be found at www.fair-deal.org

Love being outdoors?  Love your local woodland? 
Join the new Mauldslie Woods Volunteering Team
Working in Mauldslie Woods in all seasons.  Come along, learn new skills, make friends and have fun whilst carrying out a programme of practical woodland conservation and management tasks
Every first Thurs of the month, 10:15am – 3:00pm
To attend contact colleen@cciweb.org.uk or call  01555 664211
Meet at Mauldslie Bridge, Rosebank ML8 5QD 
10:15am for 10:30am start - first Thursday of each month
No experience required – tea and coffee provided
Bring a packed lunch and suitable clothing/footwear for outdoors.  If you don't have appropriate footwear, please advise CCI on booking as range of sizes available for loan

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 


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.


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


'Friends of the Garden' The Hidden Gardens, 25A Albert Dr, Glasgow, Glasgow G41 2PE
A Friend of the Garden will help the Head Gardener to maintain the Garden's working throughout all the Garden areas, carrying out core maintenance and horticultural tasks. This opportunity is initially on a trial basis and spaces are limited too.
Drop in days are: Monday and/or Thursday mornings for 2.5hrs.
For more information please contact: Jean Gavin, Head Gardener on 0141 433 2722  jean@thehiddengardens.org.uk

Turning Point Scotland, Perth
Opportunity for Volunteers

Garden Volunteers Needed!!
Our Garden Project is growing & we need your help!
Turning Point Scotland, Perth & Kinross support adults with learning disabilities in a range of settings.
One of our newest ventures is the development of a garden project at our office on Shore Road.
As this expands we are seeking the involvement of a couple of volunteers…
We feel we can provide a stimulating experience that will benefit individuals seeking to give something back to the community, expand on volunteering experience or learning disability experience.
Are you:

  • skilled in gardening?
  • reliable and knowledgeable?
  • someone who would like to volunteer to help us look after our garden development?

Can you:

  • help maintain our gardens?
  • assist in leading garden based activities that those we support take part in?
  • provide advice and guidance on specific gardening tasks?

We are not asking volunteers to take on a support workers role as the people we support who attend the garden will be accompanied by support staff.
What do you need to do? Register your interest by calling our office on 01738 639950 or email DairmuidMeredith@turningpointscotland.com
What then? You will be asked to attend the office to have a look around our project. We will go through a brief, basic interview process and ask you to complete a Volunteer Register form.  The people we support would be wholly involved in recruiting volunteers and applicants can expect to meet service users during the recruitment period.   
What else? Any volunteers who become involved would be required to register with the PVG Scheme (Protection of Vulnerable Groups). This cost would be met by the Scottish Government. 
What can Turning Point Scotland offer you? The opportunity to be involved with an exciting new venture in Perth.  All volunteers can expect to participate in Induction and other training events, have a Volunteer Agreement and receive regular Support & Supervision meetings.

A Registered Scottish Charity SCO28827


Horticultural Mentors Volunteers in Perth
Shaw Trust Scotland - Westbank Enterprises, Westbank House,
17 Jeanfield Road, Perth, PH1 1PG

Shaw Trust helps people facing disadvantage into work, to gain skills and take control of their futures.   Westbank Enterprises in Perth is a partnership project between Shaw Trust and Perth and Kinross Council and which uses the nurturing space of horticulture to encourage the development of employability skills in individuals.    The project provides our clients with a broad range of learning and skills development as well as employment opportunities and volunteers play an important part.  At the moment we need volunteers with some horticultural knowledge or experience who can mentor our clients who join the project.  The main aim of the role is to mentor people with a range of needs as they complete their daily tasks in a horticultural training setting.

Anyone interesting in finding out more can email volunteers@shaw-trust.org.uk or alternatively call 0300 247 2222 for further information.


Volunteer help wanted for a lady living with Dementia
Does anyone know of someone who could build a greenhouse for an elderly lady in the Lennoxtown /
Milton of Campsie area?
She has dementia and gardning is her great love so her family would love her to be able to continue with this, any help would be great appreciated. Contact peter.mcmahon@eastdunbarton.gov.uk


Volunteer sessions at Amisfield, East Lothian are 10 till 1pm on a Wednesday and Saturday and 1pm till 4pm on a Monday and Friday. The garden is open to the public during volunteer sessions and Monday to Friday from 1pm till 4pm - please note that during May the resurfacing of the paths will cause the gardens to be closed at points - please call to check if you are planning to visit, June Tainsh Volunteer Co-ordinator 07704 049572  For more information visit www.amisfield.org.uk


The Concrete Garden, Glasgow
Garden Mentor

Support growers and gardeners and make a difference to the wider community by sharing your knowledge and skills in growing and composting. Be part of a fun and creative space with plenty of opportunities such re-purposing crafts, woodwork projects and cookery.
The Concrete Garden is looking for volunteers at the following times:
Wed 1-4pm May – Sept
Thurs 1- 4pm March – Oct
Fri 10-4pm Feb-Nov
Minimum age is 18.
For more information go to www.volunteerglasgow.org

Children’s Garden, Glasgow seeks new committee members
The Children’s Garden in Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens is looking for new members to join its management committee.
 The community garden was established in 2004 to encourage children to get active outdoors and to create an environment to learn about healthy eating and growing fruit and vegetables.  The garden is run by volunteers who organise regular family-based events and assist with the garden’s maintenance and upkeep.
Committee members will play an important role in determining the garden’s future priorities, and will help to further develop the garden’s reputation in the local community by engaging with residents, families, businesses and other partners. 
The Children’s Garden is looking for enthusiastic members for its committee who can make a positive and lasting difference to the garden. Interested applicants are not required to have specialist horticultural or gardening skills, but an interest in community engagement, education and gardening would be beneficial. 
The committee needs a balance of skills, knowledge and experience, including people with a background in education, business development, horticulture, administration and law.  The committee meets once a month in the city’s west end. 
John Hancox, Chair of the Children’s Garden said: 
“The Children’s Garden has become an integral part of the west end community since we set it up 11 years ago.  Thousands of local children and their families have benefited from the learning opportunities the garden has to offer and we are eager to continue to build on that.  We’re looking for some fresh new talent to join our committee – if you have an interest in community growing, education or the environment, or would just like to do your bit for the local area, please get in touch.”
 For more information please contact the Children’s Garden chairman on john.d.hancox@btinternet.com   or 07786 063 918. 


St Ninian’s Stay and Play Family Support Group, Dundee
Can You help us with our Garden Please?
We are a voluntary family support group, working alongside 24 families with children in the 0-4 year age range, which has a small easily accessible garden, that we are unable to upkeep. Over the last year we have grown vegetables but they tend to be ready during school holidays, and the group doesn’t operate during school holidays.
The garden is approximately 7metres x 3 metres and if possible we would like to grow flowers. The children could then see flowers growing and the parents could take some to enjoy at home.
Access to the garden is open so a volunteer would not need keys etc to reach it. The gardener could choose which flowers they would like to grow and design their own lay out for the garden. The Group would buy the materials needed for the garden, and provide tools.
We would be delighted if we could share this garden with someone who would like to garden and look forward to hearing from you. If this would suit you please either email stniniansstayandplay@gmail.com or phone 07712331124
Many thanks for taking the time to read this I hope to hear from you soon
Kathy Dunn, Group Leader , St. Ninian’s Stay and Play Family Support Group

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   
Join The Hidden Gardens Trust Board of Directors 
Help us to transform lives through celebration, inspiration, learning and participation
The Hidden Gardens is now seeking enthusiastic individuals to join the Hidden Gardens Board of Directors, who have an interest in our mission and the equalities agenda. This is a voluntary position.  The Board currently meets six times per year and the majority of meetings normally take place in the evenings in The Hidden Gardens.  If you would like to make an expression of interest, please contact Amanda by email info@thehiddengardens.org.uk, phone 0141 433 2722 or download our information pack:  http://thehiddengardens.org.uk/vacancies.php

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 .

Heal the Earth, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire
Are you interested in organic gardening, recycling and green issues? Live near Kilmarnock? Then the heal the Earth Ayrshire group may be for you. Join them at their Christmas Party, 7pm at The Cabin, Witch Road , Kilmarnock further details on  Twitter at   https://twitter.com/hteayrshire
Web pages http://healtheearth-ayrshire.org.uk/  or email mail@healtheearth-ayrshire.org.uk  


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/

Volunteer Action Perthshire: training courses for people who work with and manage volunteers 
For people new to working with volunteers and those who manage volunteers and also for people who would like to refresh their approach by taking time to consider how they work with volunteers. The courses have been developed by Voluntary Action Perthshire in partnership with Volunteer Centre Dundee and they are based on the 5 strands of the Volunteer Friendly award. Each course lasts 3 hours and will cost £25.
12th May 2014, 1.30 – 4.30 Commitment to Involving Volunteers, Understanding why your group uses volunteers
19th May 2014, 1.30 - 4.30 Fair & Equal Volunteering, Understanding diversity, equal opportunities, fair recruitment for volunteers
 28th May 2014, 9.30 – 4.30 Making Volunteering Happen, Provide volunteer opportunities that are safe, satisfying and rewarding
4th June, 1.30 – 4.30 Celebrating Volunteers’ Achievements & Engaging with the Media, Giving volunteers recognition for their time and contribution
If you wish to attend please contact Lidia Dye, Development Officer, Voluntary Action Perthshire, The Gateway, North Methven Street, Perth, PH1 5PP - lidia.dye@pkavs.org.uk .

Volunteering Opportunities
BANCHORY DEVENICK, KIRCARDINESHIRE - Solstice Nurseries Board Vacancies.
The social firm Solstice Nurseries is seeking new volunteer board members to assist its work in providing training and work experience for people who have experienced mental health problems.
For more information contact George at Solstice Nurseries.
T 01224 865907 or office@solsticenurseries.co.uk.


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


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

Volunteer Sessions at Amisfield Walled Garden, Haddington, East Lothian
Volunteer sessions run from 10 till 1pm on a Wednesday and Saturday and 1pm till 3.30 on a Monday and Friday - call June on 07704 049572 for more information.
The garden will still be open to the public during volunteer sessions – please contact June if you would like to visit outwith these times.

Corporate Volunteers – willing to work for you for a day
There are a group of around 40 staff at RCN Scotland who would, as a team building exercise, like to volunteer for one day either 30 September or 1 October.
They are looking for a project which would give both outdoor and indoor options to cater for all ages, levels of fitness etc.
They had an extremely successful day last year - the organisation we were helping was delighted with our input and we felt the exercise was a brilliant way of interacting with colleagues away from the normal office routine.  Please contact  jan.gorman@rcn.org.uk  if you are interested.
They can bring their army kitchen and do catering on site!

Looking for volunteers!
CKUK are looking for new volunteers with learning difficulties to join them this year.
They need to be over sixteen and be keen on gardening and helping others.
They are based in Glasgow, however candidates from the surrounding area can apply as well.


CKuk is looking for volunteers