We are looking for garden volunteers to support other gardeners who are differently abled and need one to one support to engage fully with tasks at the garden. We have a fantastic group of volunteers who come regularly on a Monday and Thursday 10-12 to socialise, be outside and improve their health, and maintain and improve the community garden for everyone to enjoy.

Tasks range from watering and weeding, to planning planting, constructing and maintaining garden furniture and the infrastructure of the garden, tending to plants etc. 

Several of our volunteers have additional needs, and we often have to turn away others who would like to join us because we cannot currently support them safely. We would love to enable everyone who wants to volunteer with us.

Which is where you come in.

We are looking for specific volunteers to work one to one with other volunteers that need extra support. Whilst gardening experience is useful, we all learn together at Long Eaton Community garden, so a willingness to help others, patience and empathy, and an understanding of the strengths and areas of support the other volunteer has are more important. 

The sessions are outside and involve physical activity, working alongside the other garden volunteers. Being willing to work in a team is a must, as building social connections between very important. 

Experience of working with Neurodivergent adults, hearing and sight impaired adults, those with learning difficulties and some physical impairment would be really useful. The most important skills to have are kindness, a willingness to help, and a willingness to take instruction on how to help others. 

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About Long Eaton Community Garden

Our Mission

Provide a non-profit making community growing space for educational purposes following organic methods
Promote  community cohesion and reduce social isolation
Increase physical activity and contribute to tackling obesity and ill health
Provide a working model for sustainable food production
Increase local organic food production
Develop a forest schools venue for schools in the local area
Develop a venue for a range of community groups, charities, social enterprises, and educational groups to participate in gardening and food based activity
Have lots of fun and enjoy the outdoors