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Capital Growth Training Volunteer

The Green House, 244-254 Cambridge Heath Road, London EC2A 4LT

Posted: 20/12/2018

Deadline: 22/01/2019

Compensation: Expenses for lunch and travel up to £13/day

Unpaid Volunteer Part-time Flexible hours

Job description

We are seeking a volunteer to work with the Capital Growth Team to help run our programme of training and events. This is an opportunity to support a well-established and growing network, and get connected with the London food growing scene.

The Project

Capital Growth is London's food growing network, launched in 2008. Since this time we have helped over 2,800 growing spaces to grow food, including urban farms, community gardens, schools gardens and more recently, home growers as well. Together, with our partners and trainers we delivered 37 courses to 458 participants in 2018, which was almost double the participation in 2017. With your support we would like to continue to grow the programme in 2019 and reach even more people across London.

Capital Growth is a part of the charity Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming. Sustain advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture and promote equity.

Application deadline:  12pm noon Tuesday 22 January

Interviews:  TBC

Start date:  5 February (flexible)

Our office is based in Bethnal Green.


  • 2 days per week for 6 months, or 14 hours spread across more days
  • Wednesdays and either Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (office)
  • Training and events run Saturdays from 10.30am to 1.30pm and Wednesdays 6pm to 8.30pm at various locations across London. There is also a possibility of full day courses on a Saturday, to be confirmed.


You will receive travel and lunch expenses of up to £13 per day.  This includes a cycle mileage rate and reimbursement for bringing your own lunch.

The role will give you an opportunity to participate in all our training, ranging from Introduction to Permaculture to Food Growing in the Curriculum, as a Capital Growth representative. You will also work closely with the Capital Growth Team to deliver our flagship events: The Big Dig, Grow Well, Feel Well and Urban Harvest.

The role

The volunteer will support the Capital Growth project team. Tasks may include:

  • Promoting Capital Growth training and events, via Eventbrite and social media channels and through attending other events.
  • Liaising with Capital Growth Training Hubs and partners, send out training packs, update and confirm attendance before events.
  • Representing Capital Growth at training and events, including presenting a brief introduction on the network and upcoming activities.
  • Data input, analysis and producing reports on training attendance, monitoring and feedback.
  • Providing feedback to trainers, hubs and partners.
  • Supporting Capital Growth team with network events and London-wide open days including, Spring/Summer network events (mid-March and mid-June), Big Dig (27 April) and Urban Harvest (September)
  • Conduct a volunteer survey at 4 gardens, including selection, survey, design, data collection and producing report.
  • Other administration as required including making calls, updating databases and writing documents.

Desirable abilities and interests

The role will offer a mix of face to face work with partners and trainers, as well as team working in the office. We are looking for someone who has experience promoting and organising events and using Eventbrite, Twitter and Facebook. We’re also looking for someone who is happy to chat with new people/organisations in a clear and confident way, as much of this work involves liaising directly with our training partners and hubs.

Essential Experience/Skills

  • Interest/experience in food growing
  • Good communication and organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal English
  • Proficient with Microsoft word and excel
  • Some experience of using Social media including Facebook and Twitter
  • An interest in the project’s work and ethos of Sustain

Desirable Experience

  • Event management including Eventbrite
  • Connections with the London Food growing scene
  • Past volunteering experience
  • Confident using telephone

Application information

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please email your CV with a brief cover letter (max. 1 side of A4) to Chris Speirs at

In your covering email, please outline what you feel that you can bring to the project, including your relevant skills and experience and what you hope to get out of volunteering – it’s a two-way deal!

Applications close at 12pm noon on Tuesday 22 January and selected applicants will be invited to the office for a chat.

Sustain encourages applications from anyone with relevant skills and interests, but regret that they are unable to offer any payment or expenses beyond those outlined above; or assist with finding accommodation or with visa applications.

Please mention Roots to Work when applying for these jobs

About Sustain

Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture and promote equity. We represent around 100 national public interest organisations working at international, national, regional and local level.