Join our team as a Volunteer Gardener

Make a positive difference in the lives of the women and babies in the Life Houses! Give families at the Houses an outdoor space they can enjoy at any time, making them feel welcome and supported.

About the Volunteer Gardener role

Volunteer Manager: Support Worker or Area Services Manager

Available locations: You can join the team as a Volunteer Gardener at any of the following locations – Aylesbury House, Bath House, Belfast House, Bracknell House, Chertsey House (two), Crawley House, Didcot House (two), Farnborough House, Fleet House, Haywards Heath House, Littlehampton House, Northampton House, Oxford House, Slough House, St Albans House, Walsall House, Woking House.

Commitment: Minimum two hours per month March–September; we’d love it if you could do more. This can be agreed with your volunteer manager depending on the size of the garden.

What you'll be doing

  • Cutting grass. 
  • Planting and maintaining garden plants. 
  • Tidying the garden and removing rubbish. 
  • Maintaining the gardening equipment. 

What you'll need

  • A passion for gardening and a knowledge of how to use garden equipment (though formal experience isn’t needed). 
  • A friendly and helpful attitude. 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 
  • Patience, sensitivity, reliability, and good listening and communication skills. 

You’ll need to complete an Enhanced DBS check for this role, which we’ll pay for.

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What it's like being a Volunteer Gardener

“I have very much enjoyed volunteering at the Life House over the years, maintaining the garden. Cutting the grass and trimming hedging and plants always makes the House look much better, every time I visit. It doesn’t take very long – about 90 minutes every week or so. Supporting the mums and babies at the House makes me feel good. Helps me keep fit too!”

Lee, Volunteer Gardener

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