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Ecotherapy Volunteers- Supported- Forest Farm Peace Garden

Forest Farm Peace Garden (FFPG)

Ecotherapy Volunteers-Supported

Individuals who are interested in gardening for wellbeing are encouraged to volunteer as part of the Forest Farm Peace Garden therapeutic gardening programme.  

This role is for you if you would like to improve your mood and wellbeing through gardening activities in a positive social environment. 

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • As we are a health and wellbeing project, volunteers are asked to provide a referral from a GP, therapist, mental health service or care/support worker so we have a point of contact.
  • Volunteers will help tend the beautiful two acre community garden, sowing seeds, harvesting fruit, vegetables and herbs, and learning about organic and permaculture growing techniques.
  • Volunteers will participate in gardening tasks either between 11-1pm or 2pm-4pm on Wednesdays or Fridays, and are encouraged to stay for a relaxed lunch hour between 1-2pm, for which you will need to bring a packed lunch.
  • We have a range of tasks available, so you can choose between slower paced and gentle tasks like seed sowing and light weeding, or heavier jobs such as digging and wheelbarrowing.

Benefits to Volunteer

  • Our volunteers report that they experience increased self confidence, less anxiety and stress and improved mood.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to take home produce harvested from the Garden. 
  • New volunteers will be paired up with an experienced Buddy volunteer, so no previous gardening experience is necessary.
  • Volunteers will have access to workshops and skill shares throughout the year in various food growing-related skills.

What skills do I need?

Skills, attributes, experience and qualifications

  • Complete a referral form and have it signed by a health or social care professional and arrange to visit the project.
  • You don't need any particular skills, or experience.
  • Willingness to try new things, learn new skills, and be part of a diverse and friendly community.
  • Need to be 18+
  • Volunteers are able to sign up for one or two sessions of therapeutic gardening each week, and are asked to try to attend regularly after a 6 week trial period.

When do I need to be available?

Morning Afternoon Evening

Weekly for an initial 6 week trial period and then the placement is 12 months.

Where does this role take place?

End of Hazelbrouck Gardens

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Register your interest

We limit the number of roles you can initially express an interest in to 3 opportunities. Please only register an interest in 3 roles maximum.

  • Ideal for people interested in
  • Conservation tasks/management
  • Environment
  • Health and Social Care
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Nature work/outdoor tasks
  • Refugees/Immigration
  • Sport and Fitness
  • Ideal for people who like
  • Gardening
  • Application Process
  • Application Form
  • Support provided
  • Access to group meetings/socials/team events
  • Basic reference can be provided
  • Induction provided
  • Peer support / buddying system in place
  • Volunteer Handbook available
  • Volunteer will have named supervisor
  • Accessibility
  • Other
  • Organisation Policies
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Safeguarding policy
  • Data Protection Policy
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Other Information
  • Accessibility - additional information
    Please refer to our website for descriptions of out site
  • Are there any age limits?
  • Recruitment Process - additional information
    Application form sent in by referrer
  • Reference can be provided after how long volunteering?
  • Support Provided - additional information
    Buddy volunteers are available to guide activities when needed
  • Thanks / Recognition for Volunteer contribution
    a certificate at the end of the placement
  • Transport Info (nearest station / bus stop)
    Hainault Tube station
  • Volunteers covered by insurance

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