Communigrow is an educational and horticultural charity reconnecting people with where their food comes from. We provide a range of educational opportunities and outdoor activities for adults and young people. All our activities encourage and promote learning, personal development and achievement for those facing a variety of challenges and vulnerabilities. We aspire to engage the whole community in responding to social disadvantage.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Education Support volunteer to support our educational activities. The person will support activities for young people in home education. This is an opportunity to support an exciting and innovative charity.

Communigrow is committed to the safeguarding and protection of young people, vulnerable adults and children. The application process involves two satisfactory references and a DBS certificate.

What will you be doing?

  • Meeting attendees at the entrance, introducing them to Communigrow.
  • Advising of COVID-19 rules, and other H&S recommendations as we go around the site.
  • Taking veg orders, harvesting, confirming the person has pre-booked.
  • Taking messages, queries during each session.
  • Handing out monitoring forms and learning sheets, tools etc.
  • Keeping attendees safely spaced but also within the teaching area so social distancing rules are followed.

What are we looking for?

  • Confidence when engaging with young people, especially those with special needs, and their parents/carers.
  • An interest in horticulture and education.
  • Understanding of horticulture, conservation would be helpful, but not essential.
  • Time management skills.

Benefits of being an Education Support Volunteer with Communigrow

  • Free training and relevant induction to the role will be provided.
  • Access to training opportunities offered to all volunteers.
  • Be part of a team of volunteers and meet new people.
  • Subscription to Communigrow newsletter.
  • Opportunities to become involved in other activities run by Communigrow.
  • Communigrow will cover the cost involved in DBS checking.
  • Knowledge and understanding of how to grow food and how this activity support wellbeing of communities.
  • Development of communication skills.
  • Experience of working with communities on educational and horticultural projects.

What support will you be given?

  • A full induction.
  • Training on all aspects of the role.
  • On-going support with the Volunteer Coordinator of Communigrow (feedback and volunteering experience evaluation).
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