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PACT Gardening Assistant at the Allotment

PACT, Citizens UK
Camberwell, London

Posted: 10 May 2023

Deadline: 23 Jun 2023

Compensation: Voluntary



Job description

We are looking for volunteer who can help to maintain and develop our community allotment so that it is a space that can be enjoyed by everyone.    

Community allotment project overview: 

Our community allotment project is aimed at parents and early years children (although other members of the community are also welcome). Working together to grow fruit and vegetables is an opportunity to bring members of our diverse community together to learn about nature and growing food in an urban environment. Our goal is to build social integration while we grow food that can be shared in our community and creating a space to promote wellbeing for adults and children. 

Role and activities: 

  • Getting a bit muddy, digging, seed sowing, weeding and planting 
  • Sharing and learning about gardening 
  • Engaging participants with the gardening process 
  • Helping to keep all participants safe 
  • Help set up the space for activities (i.e. put out materials, clean surfaces, etc.) and tidy up 
  • Supervising children playing safely 

Skills and interests:  

  • Interested in developing gardening knowledge and skills 
  • Enjoy interacting with members of the community and children  
  • Enjoy working outdoors 
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible 
  • Good communication skills with children and adults 

Time commitment: 

  • The Community allotment group will run every Thursday from 10am – 11am. 
  • We would require arrival to the Garden at 9:30am to help the team set up and have our weekly volunteer check in. 
  • You may be required to stay until 11:45am to help clear up. 
  • We would ask for a minimum time commitment of 6 months 
  • Depending on funding, this project will be ongoing 

Out of pocket expenses – travel and refreshments: 

  • We reimburse reasonable travel expenses against receipts and provide refreshments. 

Benefits to the volunteers:  

  • Opportunity to actively participate in designing activities for children at the allotment 
  • Hands-on experience in childcare for CV 
  • Opportunity to build relationships in the community and to have fun 
  • Fruit and vegetables grown at the allotment to take home 
  • We will provide monthly training based on listening to our volunteers. 
  • We provide a thorough induction which includes safeguarding training. 
  • We encourage and signpost our volunteers to training to support their career development. 
  • We provide a DBS check. 

Support/volunteer management: 

PACT is a space where we encourage a sense of community. We value connection and provide a safe space for people to be open and feel supported. 

You will have close contact with the Volunteer Coordinator who will be able to support you with queries you may have. Our Volunteer Coordinator also provides 121 sessions should you need further support. 

We run a reflection session, Tea & Talk, for our volunteers to come together, connect and share experiences and goals. 

Before and after each session, we come together to check in/out and reflect on the week. 

DBS – Disclosure barring check is required 

  • DBS checks are free for volunteers. We will support you to apply for this through PACT. 

Application information

Please contact Liah, our Volunteer Coordinator on 

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About PACT, Citizens UK

We're a community-led social support project, set up by Citizens UK, to empower parents and improve the health and development outcomes for young children. We run a variety of weekly workshops that provide a fun space for kids to play and a safe environment for parents to build a network of support and share their experiences.