Befriender/Peer supporter at Community Allotment
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Carshalton Community Allotment, situated in Westmead Allotment Site in Carshalton, is a thriving project engaging people in food growing, healthy eating and community activity. Open 2 mornings a week, the community allotment provides a range of activities including food growing, organic gardening, wildlife and biodiversity gardening, herb/fruit growing.We have an indoor space (not in use currently due to covid-19) and for making tea and coffee, a poly tunnel and greenhouses. We are constructing an outdoor rain shelter.We are looking for volunteers to help support participants at the community allotment, working alongside our staff once our supported sessions restart post covid.Key Tasks- To work alongside participants so they feel able to participate and learn. This involves chatting to people while they work to help them to feel they are part of a friendly environment, gardening with people to help them achieve simple gardening tasks, encouraging people to take free fresh fruit and veg home, making sure participants take a break and making cups of tea etc with them - To support staff in keeping the community allotment running smoothly. For example, helping to put all the tools away at the end of the sessions.If you wanted, you could also assist with food growing, gardening or creative projects on the allotment depending on your interest and experience.
Gardening,Environmental,Volunteer Management,Befriending, Buddying & Mentoring,General & Helping
We welcome applicants who enjoy supporting others, are interested in community projects, happy to work outdoors, good at communicating with people of all abilities and backgrounds, and who are friendly. Some people who attend our allotment sessions need more support than others either through learning difficulties or mild mental health problems. So you'd need to be patient and willing to spend time to communicate with people. While we hope you'll enjoy gardening, we don't expect you to be an expert in food growing or gardening as our staff will show you what needs doing.
No formal qualifications needed.
Spending time outdoors. Fresh veg to take home. Enjoying a peaceful environment. Being part of a team and seeing results.
Further location details may be provided below.
Carshalton Community Allotment, Westmead Allotment Site, Colston Avenue, Carshalton SM5
Short walk from Carshalton Station
S3 bus stops right outside (except Sundays). Close to bus routes 157 and 127
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You need to commit to a regular volunteering opportunity of around an hour a week. The table below shows the commitment required for each level of the DofE.
Minimum time: 3 or 6 monthsYou must do one of your volunteering, Physical or Skills sections for 6 months, the others for 3.
Minimum time: 6 or 12 monthsIf you heven't achieved your Bronze Award, you must extend your volunteering or the longer of your Physical or Skills sections to 12 months.
Minimum time: 12 or 18 monthsIf you heven't achieved your Silver Award, you must extend your volunteering or the longer of your Physical or Skills sections to 18 months.