Gardening Project Volunteers

Where Swallow Lodge, Fen Lane, North Hykeham, Lincoln, UK
Gardening Project Volunteers

Swallow Lodge is a respite service giving a break to people living with learning disabilities and their families. Working with Lincolnshire County Council, people are supported for a few days or a couple of weeks with their needs – whether that is fun filled or calm and relaxed. We have a large garden with good basic upkeep benefitting from creativity and colour.

Why should you volunteer?

This is a great opportunity to meet people, use your skills and to be creative. There are many benefits from being outside and you will be keeping active, connecting whilst helping others to do so too.

What will I be doing?

  • To volunteer a few hours a week or a couple of days depending on what is convenient for you
  • To liaise with staff and members about materials and equipment for the garden.
  • To help with planting and designing a sensory garden that people to encourage people to go outside and stimulate the senses.
  • To give advice and help with garden maintenance and upcycling garden furniture.

Who are we looking for?

You don’t need any qualification for this role but you do need some experience/knowledge of gardening and looking after plants. An understanding of learning disabilities and autism is useful but there will be support from staff too. We are looking for people who are reliable, adaptable, patient, and creative and a people person.

During your application, a DBS (Disclosure Barring Check) may be done depending on your volunteer role. Your volunteer contact will support you with this and a positive disclosure doesn’t necessarily disqualify you from volunteering with is. The DBS is free of charge and will involve filling out an online form and bringing proof of ID.

If you're interested, please complete the application form here.

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