Gardening Volunteers

Job Title: Gardening Volunteers

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Hours: Commitment of 1-2 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months

Closing date: 30th June 2022

About the Position

Are you green fingered? Do have a passion for nature and for engaging young people?

We are looking for volunteers with a passion for gardening to tend to the house garden in Brighton & Hove Supported Housing projects for vulnerable young people. The role involves carrying out simple projects, such as create an herb garden, potting plants, clearing weeds and to encourage young people who are residents to get involved with caring for and using the garden. Volunteers will be in pairs and ideally able to commit to 1-2 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months.


To be supported and supervised by the Volunteer Coordinator and support staff on duty.

To attend all required training and Volunteer team meetings.

To keep in regular communication with the Volunteer Coordinator and inform them of any issues, absence and lateness.

Attend regular supervision sessions with the Volunteer Coordinator.

To follow the YMCA’s procedures and policies as required.

A general commitment to the aims and values of the YMCA DownsLink Group

To adhere to YMCA DLG Covid-19 policies and procedures which are put in place for the safety of yourself, the young people and the staff you will be working alongside.

Who you are

All sorts of people become Engagement Volunteers. You do not need to have specific formal qualifications, but you will need a working knowledge of Gardening and Safe gardening practice. Patience, resilience, empathy and tolerance and a good sense of humour!  You will also need to be able to relate well to young people and enjoy spending time in their company.

You will be aged 18 and above, have an interest and working knowledge of gardening that you would like to share with young people, as a one-off session, or regular sessions for an agreed length of time.

Have a willingness to support activities delivered by other volunteers, such as taking young people on trips or to work-shops.

Mature attitude, reliable and at a stable point in life

Willingness to volunteer under the supervision of YMCA DLG Support Staff and the Volunteer Coordinator and follow the YMCA DownsLink Group policies and procedures.

Please note that we will be reviewing applications regularly and the role will close once we have reached our capacity for volunteers.

For more information please contact Gideon Fifer: [email protected], 07850 509702 

Further Information

YMCA DownsLink Group welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We value diversity and promote inclusion, which we demonstrate through our activities, as well as in our policies and working practices. Reinforced by our culture and values, we seek to create an inspiring and inclusive place to work.

YMCA DLG requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to respond proactively to safeguarding concerns. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

For questions regarding paid opportunities or to request another application format: please email [email protected]

For questions regarding volunteering opportunities: please email [email protected]

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