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Workshops and Events Volunteer

Hackney Herbal
Unit 16, Celia Fiennes House, 8-20 Well Street E9 7PX

Posted: 10/04/2019

Deadline: 25/04/2019

Compensation: Voluntary

Volunteer


Job description

Workshops and Events Volunteers

We are looking to recruit 1-2 volunteers to join our team at Hackney Herbal. This is for a specific volunteering role that involves working alongside our team and existing volunteers and assisting with preparing and delivering our programme of workshops, events and courses. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to gain experience of working in the community education / social enterprise / herbal sector and gain skills relating to organising and delivering workshops, courses and events. Our courses cover themes that include urban gardening, food growing, making herbal remedies and permaculture.

Hackney Herbal is a social enterprise promoting wellbeing through herbs. We grow herbs in a patchwork of sites around Hackney and run creative workshops and events which connect and inspire people around the extensive uses of herbs. The profits from the sale of herbal teas and our workshops help to fund our community projects supporting people towards better mental health and wellbeing. Our work encompasses: 

  1. Sharing knowledge and skills relating to horticulture, food growing and nature 
  2. Inspiring people on their own journeys with plants 
  3. Nurturing the health and resilience of people and the land in Hackney

We use nature-based activities to allow people to come together, share ideas and collaborate. We provide a preventative intervention to the onset of poor mental health as well as a pathway to recovery for those already suffering. Our key outcomes follow the themes of health, education and community resilience.

Look us up here:

www.hackneyherbal.com

Facebook / Twitter / Instagram @hackneyherbal

Key responsibilities

These are the key activities you will be carrying out as part of the volunteer role:

  • Assisting with our 6-week Grow Your Own Herbs course at the Centre for Better Health
  • Preparing materials for workshops and events
  • Supporting the delivery of workshops, events and courses
  • Helping with occasional herbal tea packing sessions
  • Attending outreach events to promote our activities eg. running a Hackney Herbal stall at a community event or market stall
  • Assisting with a mix of community courses, ticketed workshops and collaborative event

Additional responsibilities 

There are additional ways (optional) in which you can work with us to enhance your experience and gain more skills. We don’t expect you to get involved with everything but here are some other areas that might interest you:

  • Developing your own workshops and events
  • Helping to develop our network of herb growing gardens in Hackney
  • Building new links and expanding our existing network
  • Promoting the project through social media and blogging
  • Helping out at our growing sites
  • Fundraising 
  • Photography/Video-making
  • Monitoring and evaluating the impact of our work

Requirements

Essential

  • Be able to attend and assist during the 6-week Grow Your Own Herbs Course at the Centre for Better Health. The course takes pace on Wednesday evenings, 5.30 - 8.15pm, 15th May - 19th June 2019 at The Centre for Better Health, 1A Darnley Road, Hackney, E9 6QH. Course details here: http://www.hackneyherbal.com/community
  • A passion to learn and be part of a dynamic social enterprise
  • Eagerness to develop skills relating to organising and running educational/wellbeing focused events and workshops
  • Commit to 1-2 days a week (flexible working schedule)
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Ability to work well independently
  • Social person who likes working with others and being part of a team
  • Working towards a career in community-based education/facilitating / wellbeing events / community gardening / herbal medicine / social enterprise or similar

Desirable

  • Previous experience or involvement with a community project / social enterprise
  • Experience of working in a community setting to support people’s health and wellbeing
  • Some experience with plants / permaculture / herbs 
  • Experience in assisting with the delivery of events and workshops
  • Based in Hackney or close by

Key benefits of the role

  • Experience working with a fun and creative community-based project
  • Opportunity to develop skills and experience relating to organising and running educational activities
  • Opportunity to attend and take part in our workshops and events
  • Developing an understanding of how a social enterprise works
  • Opportunity to take responsibility and learn a lot in a short period of time
  • Access to free training and networking events 
  • Support and guidance to help you reach your goals
  • The chance to be part of a young, dynamic and exciting social enterprise!

Further details

  • The volunteer role will run from May to December. An induction will take place week beginning 6th May 2019. 
  • This is an unpaid volunteer role but we are able to cover travel expenses you incur whilst carrying out the role
  • The role will be based at our studio on Well Street, Hackney, London E9 but activities will take place at other locations around Hackney and London. 

Application information

To apply please send a copy of your CV and a 1-sided A4 covering letter explaining how you meet the requirements (essential and desirable) mentioned above. Please make sure to explain the following:

  • Why you are applying for the volunteer role
  • What experience you have which makes you suitable for the role
  • What you are hoping to get out of the role
  • Please also confirm that you can attend all 6-weeks of the Centre for Better Health course detailed above. 

If you have any problems with applying or need any further assistance just ask us. Send an email to Nat on nat@hackneyherbal.com or give us a call on 020 8616 0698. We are often out and about so leave us a message and we will call you back. We are happy to help you!

Please send your application to Nat, hello@hackneyherbal.com by 6pm on 25th April 2019. Please write your name in the subject line like this: 'Your Name - Volunteer Application'

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview on either 1st/2nd/3rd May.

You can also post your completed application to us at Hackney Herbal, Studio 16, Celia Fiennes House, 8-20 Well Street, Hackney, E9 7PX.

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About Hackney Herbal

Hackney Herbal is a social enterprise promoting wellbeing through herbs. Our work encompasses: 1. Sharing knowledge and skills relating to horticulture, food growing and nature 2. Inspiring people on their own journeys with plants 3. Nurturing the health and resilience of people and the land in Hackney We use nature-based activities to allow people to come together, share ideas and collaborate. Our key outcomes follow the themes of health, education and community resilience.