Volunteer roles and vacancies
Lindengate is a vibrant charity based on a 5 acre site in Wendover, Buckinghamshire. Our service uses the healing power of nature to enhance mental wellbeing and reduce social isolation.CWe need more volunteers in a variety of roles to support the people we help.
These roles are mainly outdoors and in outdoor structures. The work involves supporting people with gardening, light construction, conservation, craft and cooking activities which help them to meet their individual wellbeing needs.CAppropriate training will be provided.
We are looking for calm and patient individuals who are able to commit to a regular weekly time slot so that our Gardeners can be reliably and consistently supported. All our volunteer roles are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.
Our different roles include:
Group Assistants – to assist the group leader by working more closely with one or two people within a group who need a little more support to access the activity at their own pace. This allows the group leader to lead the activity and focus on the whole group.
Group Leaders – to plan and facilitate activities (from a given list) for a small group of up to 6 people and to manage the overall dynamic of the group.
Rest and Reflect Programme Assistants – In June we launched our new Rest and Reflect programme, for those struggling with COVID-19 as
restrictions ease and people dealing with bereavement to benefit from the healing qualities of the Lindengate garden.
We urgently need more volunteers for this role, which entails being at strategic points around the garden to assist with answering questions, chatting with visitors and generally keeping an eye on things. You would be given very light/minimal garden tasks (within your ability) to focus on so that our beneficiaries can see the working garden in action. There will be fully qualified staff and experienced volunteers on site to deal with any problems arising. All the necessary Covid-19 related Government guidelines, social distancing and PPE will be in place. We have vacancies for the following session days/times from 11th June 2020 until the end of August 2020:
Tuesdays 3.30pm – 7.30pm
Wednesdays 3.30pm – 7.30pm
Thursdays 3.30pm – 7.30pm
Saturdays 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Here are some other things we need help with…
Do you enjoy Gardening?
We’re looking for volunteers to help maintain the gardens at Lindengate. We need help with maintaining the flower borders, fruit garden and vegetable gardens and also need help with new projects.
If you prefer the heavy stuff – we do have general site maintenance jobs and we’ll also need help with landscaping for our new projects.
Any Crafters out there? Or Artists?
Are you a keen Artist or Crafter and enjoying helping others learn new skills?
We like a bit of art and craft at Lindengate and provide art and craft activities alongside gardening, construction and conservation activities. We do painting, pottery, needlework, knitting, mosaics, general crafting or any other activities our volunteers have the skills and passion for!
Are you a good listener? Do you enjoy helping others?
Have you got a couple of hours each week to spare? We’re looking for volunteers to support our service users (who we call Gardeners).
No formal qualifications are necessary, but if you’ve got any experience of caring for or supporting vulnerable people that would be a bonus. We’re looking for people who are good listeners and can easily empathise with those with mental health needs.
Training will be provided.
Would you like to gain some experience in Communications and Marketing?
We’re looking for help with our Communications & Marketing efforts – could be anything from putting up posters round the local area, delivering leaflets to doing a bit of social media.
As a charity, we don’t have a huge marketing budget, so we need people who are resourceful, social media savvy and enthusiastic!
Can you help us fundraise?
Have you successfully raised money for charity? Would you like to raise money for Lindengate?
We’re looking for help with our fundraising – here are a few ideas on how you could help us:
Are you a good organiser? We’re looking for help organising our Lindengate events, including raffles, stalls etc;
Are you a gardener? You could open your garden to friends and neighbours or have a plant and produce sale or even provide gardening services for a donation;
And if you’re into running or cycling, you could do a sponsored run or cycle?
Do you run a business? Would you be able to sponsor an event or help us in some other way?
Please get in touch if you could spare some time to help.