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Valentines Park Forest Garden Governance Group Member

Transition Town Ilford (original)

The Valentines Park Forest Garden is a project of Transition Town Ilford, a Community Interest Company. The Forest Garden started in the Summer of 2020 and has now become a thriving community space. We have regular gardening sessions on Friday mornings, organise training sessions for our volunteers and organise workshops for local schools. On Saturday 2nd September we held our second successful Summer Festival attended by 300-400 local people. 

We are looking for a passionate, enthusiastic individual to join the diverse governance team of a community garden located in Valentines Park in Redbridge. 

Main tasks and responsibilities

  •  Will involve planning and decision-making for the future of the Forest Garden as well as, managing the Forest Garden.
  • Assisting with decision making regarding funding applications and supporting volunteers.
  • The successful volunteer applicant  can choose to take a lead in a particular area of interest: schools, volunteers, community outreach, funding, liaising with Transition Town Ilford etc. Support will be provided.

Upon joining the Governance Group, volunteers  will have a three-month trial period. 

• Previous experience of Governance processes;

• Previous experience of volunteering with/ working for a community organisation.

Benefits to Volunteer

  • People of all ages have come to assist us at the Forest Garden and have improved their own well-being through working outdoors and collaborating on various projects. 


What skills do I need?

Skills, attributes, qualifications and experience

• An interest in growing edible plants and shrubs;

• Ability to work well in a team;

• Good organisation skills and time management;

• Reliable and trustworthy;

• Regular attendance at our weekly Friday morning volunteer sessions (minimally once a month) assisting in on-going gardening tasks e.g. weeding, wood-chipping pathways and planting;

• Regular attendance of our monthly Governance Group meetings

  • Access to the internet is helpful but not essential.

When do I need to be available?

Morning Afternoon Evening

We meet weekly on Friday mornings and in the Summer on Saturday mornings. We have a monthly Governance Group meeting. When planning for an event we often have more frequent meetings.

Where does this role take place?

Valentines Park Forest Garden
near Brisbane Road entrance
Valentines Park

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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
  • Black and Minority Ethnic Communities
  • Children & Young People
  • Community Development
  • Conservation tasks/management
  • Creative Arts
  • Education and Training
  • Environment
  • Nature work/outdoor tasks
  • Ideal for people who like
  • Administration
  • Events
  • Gardening
  • Human Resources/Volunteer Coordination
  • Practical Tasks
  • Trusteeship and Committee Work
  • Youth Work
  • Application Process
  • Email expression of interest
  • Informal Discussion
  • Trial Period
  • Accessibility
  • Volunteering venue wheelchair accessible
  • Organisation Policies
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Safeguarding policy
  • Conflict Resolution policy/procedure for volunteers
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Other Information
  • Accessibility - additional information
    Although we have some paths on site which are wheelchair accessible, these are made of organic material (wood chip) and may not be suitable for all wheelchairs.
  • Are there any age limits?
  • DBS checks - additional information
    DBS checks are helpful for those wishing to support our work with local schools
  • Expenses - additional information
  • Recruitment Process - additional information
  • Reference can be provided after how long volunteering?
  • Role is exempt from Ex offenders Act 1972
  • Support Provided - additional information
  • Thanks / Recognition for Volunteer contribution
  • Transport Info (nearest station / bus stop)
  • Volunteers covered by insurance

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