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Female Gardening Volunteer with Impact Initiatives, Stopover

St Peters

About this volunteering opportunity

Stopover is in the process of launching new gardening projects across all of our houses. The role involves creating and developing an edible garden and social space for young women or mothers and their children. Although all the women have a basic awareness of how to cook basic recipes many have had little experience of using fresh vegetables or herbs and most have not had the opportunity to grow their own food before.

As a volunteer on the gardening program you role would be to tend to the garden weekly trying to include a small group of residents. These would include teaching information and skills around planting, upkeep and harvest of fruit, vegetables, and herbs. Basic gardening skills and a passion for food is vital. You would also be responsible for organising and supporting the residents in cooking house meals from scratch using produce from the garden and cleaning up afterwards.

The ability to play an active role in the leading and development of your session is necessary. You would be responsible for communicating any concerns or issues that arise during your session to the staff member on duty. You should be able to provide guidance to residents engaging in activities and encourage residents’ development of a wide range of skills including leadership skills, negotiation, self awareness.

About this organisation

Stopover is part of the charity Impact Initiatives. We provide supported accommodation to homeless or vulnerably housed young women and mothers in the city. The aim of the projects is to work with these young women to address current support needs and enable them to work towards a transition between dependence and independence. We do this by providing a consistent, non-judgmental female staff team which gives the young women an opportunity to make healthy, trusting and appropriate relationships

Induction, training and support offered with this opportunity

A full Induction and in house training is provided. You are entitled to free training from Brighton and Hove City Council following a qualifying period. All volunteers will also attend group and one to one supervision bi-monthly.

Staff are present at Stopover 1 24 hours per day and can be contacted by telephone should you have any questions or queries. In addition staff are present during office hours at the mother and baby projects, including every other weekend and we are currently in the process of employing enough volunteers so that you can work in pairs. 

Skills or experience needed for this opportunity

The residents at Stopover believe the most important volunteer qualities are to be friendly, enthusiastic and reliable. The ability to engage with young people and maintain a safe and non-judgmental environment is necessary. You must be prepared to commit to one years volunteering at a minimum


The contact person for this opportunity is Lilith Young, 01273 603775

  • Expenses are paid for this opportunity.
  • This opportunity is NOT fully wheelchair accessible.
  • Assistance with childcare is NOT available for this opportunity.

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  • young people
  • homeless people
  • a women's group
  • conservation/gardening/animals
  • residential volunteering
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