Volunteering

Please find  information about potential volunteering  opportunities below. 

What skills and abilities are required?

Experience is preferred but not essential however; reliability, the ability to work on your own initiative and as part of a team are crucial to the successful running of our project.

1. Gardener/maintenance man: responsible for ensuring the garden and its facilities are kept well maintained, tidy and safe to use.

We are looking for local people, interested in gardening, growing, wildlife, and general maintenance activities who would be responsible for the ongoing maintenance of our garden and its facilities.   Experience preferred but not essential however; reliability and the ability to work on your own initiative and as part of a team are crucial to the successful running of our project.

Responsibilities to include:

General gardening tasks - pruning, hedge trimming, weeding, lawn care etc.
Ensuring facilities within the the garden are well maintained.
Keeping the area clean and tidy

As a guide to the various tasks involved you can download a copy of our routine maintenance schedule here.

2. Fundraiser:

To play a key role in the development and implementation of Marsh Street Arches and Garden CICs fundraising activities with the aim of secure funding for programmed work and organisational core costs. Experience in this field would be beneficial plus good communication and organisational skills and the enthusiasm to encourage and secure support for our organisation. Responsibilities to include;
Developing new fund raising ideas and activities.
Identifying new sources of funding and donations.
Writing proposals to potential organisations who could offer support, including grant applications.
Developing and maintaining monitoring and reporting procedures and obligations.

3. Coordinator:

To organise the projects overall activities in cooperation with and under the direction of the management committee, aiming at the smooth running and sustainability of the project. The Project Coordinator will report to the CIC management committee, however some work may require liaising with other individual members of the CIC. Responsibilities to include:

Coordinate general activities, resources, and information
Acting as a point of contact
Identifying and/or organising activities that will generate revenue for the garden
Building upon the projects active network of local organisations and partners and developing new and effective working partnerships.
Promoting the garden and its activities to the wider community

What are the benefits to you?

An opportunity to meet and work with enthusiastic people.
Gaining valuable experience, enhancing your CV.
Learning new skills.
Gaining confidence and self - esteem.

What  can you expect from us?

A welcome/induction process.
A supportive and positive environment.
To be treated with respect and courtesy.
Adequate public liability insurance cover.

What  would we expect from you?

You are reliable.
You treat fellow volunteers and staff with respect and courtesy.
You are open and honest in your dealing with us.
You reach a shared understanding with us, summarising your role and commitment.

Additional useful information

Although we do provide protective clothing such as gloves, goggles and face masks we require all of our garden volunteers to wear suitable clothing and footwear such as sturdy shoes or boots.

A copy of our maintenance risk assessment can be viewed and downloaded here.
A copy of our overall site risk assessment can be viewed and downloaded here.

We have produced a list of garden maintenance tasks as a guide to assist individual volunteers and organisation involved in maintaining and managing the Green Heart Den community garden and community grow your own scheme. For reference, this list can be downloaded here.

If you are interested in volunteering opportunities with us:

Download a copy of our volunteer application form here
Download a copy of our volunteer agreement here

How you can contact us.

By post at:

Marsh Street Arches and Garden CIC
c/o Furness Building Society
51 - 55 Duke Street
Barrow in Furness
Cumbria
LA14 1RT


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