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Freelance Project Officer

Walworth Community Garden Network - WCGN
Home-based & around SE1 & SE17 areas

Posted: 14/04/2021

Deadline: 10/05/2021

Compensation: £3,900 for contract - £12.50 per hour for 12 hours per week

Paid Part-time Fixed term / contract

Job description

This post is for an individual who is committed to community engagement within the world of localised community gardening. The post-holder will be directed in their work and work in cooperation with the Project Manager and Management Committee members of WCGN to bring old and new member gardens together to share resources, training and expertise with focus on the wards of Newington, North Walworth, Faraday, Chaucher and St George’s in the London borough of Southwark.

WCGN is particularly interested in a person representing the wider membership which includes many people of colour and first generation immigrant status. Due to the lack of POC representation in the area of community gardening operations we are very keen to support POC for this contract as an entry role to the career of community engagement and support.


Managed directly by the Project Manager and supported by WCGN Management committee.

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Support existing membership to connect locally within their ward and focus wards of Newington, North Walworth, Faraday, Chaicher and St Giles’s

  • Encourage and support sharing of training, best practice and volunteering across all member gardens with a focus on localised groups supporting each other. 

  • Assist gardens in running open member training events, share and learn, and garden gathering in their spaces as set out in the project plan.

  • Visit member gardens  to assist with the documentation of spaces, interests and expertise that can be shared across the network. This work will include write ups for the website and social media accounts. An ability to take pictures of the gardens and to compose 200 words on each garden visited is essential. Training will be given in writing the posts and how to compose suitable pictures. If English is a second language support can be given.

  • Support the Project Manager (PM) in recruiting new and emerging growing spaces across the target warden areas of Newington, North Walworth, Faraday, Chaucher and St George’s. 

  • Support PM in keeping an up to date calendar of events on the WCGN website, post on social media in Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. 

  • Promote local events, training opportunities and meet ups via the whatsapp group, mailchimp list, social media accounts, blog page and local posters on site at gardens. Attending TRA/garden meetings locally when covid appropriate to encourage attendance.

  • Assist member gardens with events on the day to include but not exclusive of organising light refreshments, meet and greet for attendees and trainers, collating information for project reports i.e. numbers in attendance, gathering feedback on events and areas for improvement or requests for further support to enable other member organised events.

  • Assisting PM with development of training materials, handouts and keeping the google drive up to date.

Personal Specification 

  • An interest or background in community development and community gardening

  • Good verbal communication skills - second language would be a bonus.

  • Good written skills are desirable but if English is a second language support for this is possible.

  • A commitment to and understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion in community settings

  • Ability to be flexible around hours and days as some weekend and evening work is required.

  • Self employed - if help in setting this up is needed this can be arranged.

  • Have some experience of volunteering with or in community gardens and growing spaces.

Conditions of Employment 

  • Freelance

  • Fees: £3,900 for contract - £12.50 per hour for average 12 hours per week

  • Period: 6 month period to start June 2021 and finish December 2021

  • Some evening and weekend working required 

WCGN especially welcomes interest from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, D/deaf, disabled and younger candidates with support given to develop further employment opportunities.

Application information

How to Apply 

  • Letter of application to be sent to (max 2 sides of A4)

  • Brief CV if applicable - we do not wish this to be a barrier for application

  • Please include any experience you feel relevant and two references

  • Educational attainment is not applicable for this position as your skills in verbal and written communication will be assessed at the interview stage.

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About Walworth Community Garden Network - WCGN

The Walworth Community Gardening Network (Walworth CGN) aims to bring together the wealth of growing and gardening talent that exists across our area so that everyone can learn from each other and help each other grow. The Walworth CGN will encourage and support neighbouring gardening groups to come together locally for joint on-site training, share resources, and expand the network of local volunteers.