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.
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.
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.
DBS (criminal records) check
High Wincobank Allotment Site
Entrance = green gate opposite 343 Windmill Lane
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.