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Community Development Worker

Seeds for Growth
61a The Quarterdeck, London, E14 8SH

Posted: 08/04/2019

Deadline: 26/04/2019

Compensation: The applicant is invited to state their hourly rate - 50 days work will be offered

Paid Flexible hours Fixed term / contract Remote working

Job description

Seeds for Growth charity is now establishing new community food gardens in waste land on social housing estates.  The programme is being launched in Tower Hamlets with the goal of developing it to be London-wide.  The first three sites are in the Barkantine Estate, Isle of Dogs.

Job Purpose

  • Strategic planning for the project.
  • Ensure that local tenants and residents volunteer onto the committees to develop and then to run the gardens, build the garden infrastructure and to regularly use the gardens.
  • Ensure sustainability by training and supporting the garden committee at each site to have the confidence and skills to manage the garden over many years.


  • Enhance awareness of the community food garden sites.
  • Encourage garden use - including by people with disabilities, elderly, socially isolated and youths.
  • Provide text, photographs and videos on the garden for uploading onto social media.


  • Recruit, train and support volunteers to establish the gardens.
  • Ensure that all the volunteers complete a volunteer form.
  • Recruit local people to the garden steering group to manage the garden.
  • Support, train and raise the confidence of the steering group over a period of up to 24 months.
  • Support the committee to organise celebration days and parties in the garden.
  • Manage the corporate volunteers.
  • Work positively with paid staff and volunteers including builders assisting in the site development and garden advisers and trainers.
  • Identify training needs for the garden committee members and the users.


  • Build and maintain links with other groups and agencies.
  • Create links with companies and organisation which may provide small grants for the garden.


  • Record the number of garden users, age range, gender, ethnicity and disability.
  • Record the plants, fruit and vegetables grown.


  • Challenge inappropriate behaviour.
  • Undertake general administrative duties.
  • Follow best practice equal opportunities policies including that of Seeds for Growth.

Person Specification

  • Experience of community development work – at least 3 years in Tower Hamlets is desirable.
  • Ability to speak, read and write Bangladeshi - desirable.
  • Understanding of Equal Opportunity Policies and experience of implementing these.
  • Advocacy and networking skills.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and team building skills.
  • Good listening skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of community and social issues.
  • A non-judgemental and positive attitude.
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving ability.
  • Compassion and the ability to empathise with people's life experiences.
  • Understanding of how local government, registered social landlords and funding bodies work.

Application information

For further information, and to submit your application, contact

To submit an application please provide the following

  1. Details of your relevant experience and skills, including previous work.
  2. Your hourly rate.
  3. Please advise if you are self-employed or would want to go onto the payroll.
  4. Curriculum vitae.

Please also describe your strategy to recruit local people to become volunteers:

  • 6 committee members.
  • 20 volunteers to develop and then to regularly use the site.

Please mention Roots to Work when applying for these jobs

About Seeds for Growth

Seeds for Growth charity, launched in 2006, addresses disadvantage in Tower Hamlets focussing on health and well-being and support to access employment.