Volunteer Gardener

A bit about the role:

Each project has been given a budget to transform the garden at their property. Although we want this to be client led, we recognise that someone who can lead this is essential to it working.  Someone who can mediate different client wants and needs to create a garden all residents want to use and be part of the process.  This will incorporate planning and budgeting for the garden project.

What goes on here?

Our projects provide move on accommodation for those people who have struggled with homelessness.

Within move on residents are at the last stage of their journey back into community, and are actively working with support to find permanent accommodation.

What will I be doing?

  • Helping the residents to tend to and maintain the garden independently
  • Duties could include – weeding, planting, pruning and other general gardening activities
  • To purchase plants, equipment needed within the budget
  • Help the group understand planning a garden
  • Help the group understand how to maintain a budget and use funds well
  • The group will meet throughout the year

It us Turning Tides’ hope and expectation that as a volunteer you will:

  • be inclusive and welcoming.
  • communicate with staff on duty.
  • be flexible to the needs of the staff member on duty.
  • abide by the Confidentiality, Professional Boundaries and Health and Safety Policies at all times.

What Training will I receive?

Turning Tides offers volunteers training so your time volunteering is the best it can be, is as safe as possible, and of course adds value to your experience and to Turning Tides.

Every volunteer regardless of role will have their initial induction.  During this induction you be taken through a PowerPoint presentation and be issued with ‘Not Just a Volunteer’ handbook. The induction will cover Professional Boundaries, Safeguarding and Equality and Diversity and be a chance for you to ask any questions.

This role requires the following additional training, and we ask that you can commit to this. (The training is in a variety of formats depending on the subject – a video to watch, a document to read or an online course).

The health and safety of our volunteers and supporters are always our top priority. As the situation with COVID-19 evolves, we will ensure any volunteering you carry out is within current Government guidelines. We will support you in this so guidelines are met.

Commitment and Timeframe

Flexible, mornings and afternoons throughout the week. Hours and times can be flexible. Approximately 2 to 3 hours per weekly/ fortnight. Monthly opportunities available too.

Sign Up Process

You’ll need to fill in the two applicaitons forms, and all of Turning Tides’ roles require two character references. These references do not need to be employment references, however, we cannot accept references from family members.

More Information

We need to ensure you are eligible to volunteer in the UK.  To do this we will ask to see documentation that proves your right to volunteer in the UK at your induction.

If you are unable to provide this documentation you will be unable to volunteer. If you have the right to work in the UK on a permanent basis you are also normally allowed to volunteer. If in doubt, please contact the Home Office.

If you have any further queries please contact the Volunteer Team on 01903 680743 or volunteering@turning-tides.org.uk


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Move on Accommodation in:
East Grinstead
Burgess Hill


Flexible, mornings and afternoons throughout the week. Hours and times can be flexible.

Days / Hours:

Approximately 2 to 3 hours per weekly/ fortnight. Monthly opportunities available too.

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    Millions of people in England are only one pay cheque away from being homeless.

    Turning Tides have provided support to thousands of local men and women in West Sussex for almost 30 years.

    We provide a warm, safe space to listen to anyone who comes to us for help. Our support services empower people to find the strength and belief in themselves to create a brighter future.

    Together we can make a difference and end homelessness where you live.