Growing Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help grow food alongside the young adults and refugees participating in our training and volunteering opportunities at Audacious Veg.

Growing Volunteers are asked to commit to a weekly session (Monday or Thursday afternoons), 1pm-5pm, for a period of three to four months from when you first start.

If you are able to commit to a weekly session, we can reimburse your travel (up to £5 per day). If you are not sure if you can attend weekly, then perhaps the Audacious Ally low-commitment volunteering is better for you.

We offer Growing Volunteer opportunities on a rolling basis throughout the year. To become a volunteer, get in touch to schedule a “first visit”, where you’ll get stuck in and sample the kind of activities you’re likely to participate in as a volunteer. If you decide to go ahead and start a volunteering placement with us, we’ll ask you to fill out an application form and we’ll give you a more thorough induction on your next visit.

THE EXPERIENCE

This is an exciting volunteering opportunity for anyone who is interested in combining food growing skills with social justice. As an Audacious Veg Growing Volunteer, you will work alongside Audacious Veg beneficiaries (young adults or refugees) in growing and harvesting delicious crops that will be sold to London restaurants. You will learn about an exciting range of unconventional crops, including edible flowers, heirloom perennials and gourmet greens. You will also learn about the therapeutic, educational and community building benefits of food growing, and enable our beneficiaries to access these benefits.

This position is particularly relevant to anyone who is interested in pursuing a future career in horticulture, ecotherapy, or working with young adults.

THE LOGISTICS

We ask for a commitment of at least 3 months, because we find that volunteers benefit from being able to see the life cycle of the plants we are growing over time. We are looking for a weekly commitment of one four-hour session, and expect volunteers to be able to attend at least two thirds of sessions during their placement. In a three month period, this would typically mean attending nine sessions out of fourteen, more or less.

Sessions take place from 1pm to 5pm. During this time you will receive instruction and training on the day’s tasks, and work alongside other volunteers and beneficiaries of the project. We have a tea break in the middle of the afternoon, and try to make sure that nobody is stuck with the same task all day.

Growing Volunteers can choose from a weekly Monday afternoon or Thursday afternoon session.

You will receive a certificate of completion following the placement, and the possibility of using Audacious Veg as a reference for future work or volunteering opportunities. We also try to hook our volunteers up with paid work opportunities across London. We are able to contribute to travel expenses.

ABOUT YOU

We are looking for someone who likes to meet new people and wants to learn new skills. Some previous experience in food growing or gardening is a bonus- your interest and enthusiasm are essential.

You must be committed to creating a supportive atmosphere that welcomes and empowers our beneficiaries. We expect you to have a positive attitude, a willingness to learn, and a commitment to treating all other volunteers and staff with respect

Longer-term volunteers will need a DBS check for this role- we will administrate it if you do not already have one. We have a positive attitude to offering this opportunity to someone with an offense on their record, but as you will be working with potentially vulnerable adults this will need to be cleared with the Board.

 

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