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The HOPE Community Allotment Project

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The HOPE Community Allotment Project offers a supportive outdoor space where people of all ages can take part in a range of activities, maintaining the three plots and growing organic produce.

Volunteer 2021/22

This opportunity takes place until 31 Aug 2022.

Our project aims to help people with social barriers, such as learning disabilities or long-term unemployment, to learn how to grow their own produce and to socialise through gardening. The project has three main allotments split into many smaller plots in which users and volunteers can grow their own vegetables and plants. We ideally need friendly volunteers to work with and alongside users (preparing the ground, sowing seeds, harvesting) as well as general help with maintaining the plots (weeding, fixing paths, cutting hedges, etc). We are continuously looking for volunteers who can regularly spare one morning (or more) a week with us.

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What skills do I need?

You do not need to know anything about gardening as we learn as we go and learn from each other - just be friendly and welcoming to new people, be prepared to work outdoors and get your hands dirty!

What will I gain?

You will gain knowledge of how to grow your own organic vegetables, learn about and spend time with people from different backgrounds, and make new friends.

Training and support

On your first day we will show you the site and explain how things work. At the beginning of every session we discuss what jobs need to be done and decide who wants to or is able to do what.

Time commitment

Sessions run three times a week on Mondays and Thursdays 9:30am-1pm and on Saturdays from 10am-1:30pm. We are seeking volunteers who can regularly attend one of these sessions most weeks. We start with a cuppa and finish with homemade soup for lunch and we ask for £1 towards this, seeds and tools.

Food

No

Travel

Yes

Childcare

No

DBS (criminal records) check

No

Location

High Wincobank Allotment Site Windmill Lane S5 6FW Entrance = green gate opposite 343 Windmill Lane

Travel information

There are several buses to Firth Park from the city centre 1, 1a, 3, 75, 76, 88, etc. and from Firth Park roundabout it's a five minute walk to the allotment site on Windmill Lane.
  • CausesDisability, Environment and conservation, Learning disability, Mental health, Older people, Social isolation
  • FrequencyEvery week
  • WhenMonday morning, Thursday morning, Saturday morning
  • Skills and InterestsBefriending, Gardening, Hands-on tasks, Outdoors
  • Careers and AspirationsMedicine and healthcare, Third sector and charity work

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