Getting teens working in the Green Hub Garden is fundamental to the project.
At their sessions, groups of up to teens are supported by garden enthusiast adult volunteers. Sessions are led by a Garden Leader, who needs to have a good knowledge of horticulture, and supported by one or two adult Garden Assistants, who need to be interested in gardening (though not necessarily super experienced) as well as keen to help teens.
The adult Garden Team members are not expected to counsel or advise teens but, in providing a safe, low-stress environment with a focus on nature and group purpose, we hope that teens will naturally open up, chat with each other and find support in our community. They may just prefer to ‘be’, which is absolutely fine too. That said, you’ll definitely need to have a real interest in young people, as well as loads of empathy.
The sessions are currently on Saturday morning, although you aren’t asked to attend every Saturday; we have a team, meaning that you are asked to commit to approx two per month, although we do understand that holiday and work commitments mean that this isn’t always possible.
Garden Co-ordinators and Managers
Pulling everything together for our sessions on a Saturday involves a lot of planning and prep, as you can imagine. Our philosophy is that we can get a lot of people doing a little, no one person becomes overwhelmed. If you have some time mid-week to help plan craft projects, plan some of the garden activities, or support the overall running of the process, we are delighted to know more about your skills and interest. Tell us on the online application form.
Application date – ongoing