'Our Space' Gardener volunteer

Calling all gardeners! Our young parents’ service in Sunderland is looking for individuals with a passion for gardening and supporting young people.

We're looking for a volunteer with the skills, knowledge and passion for gardening and growing things. We'd love you to support Centrepoint young people and staff to make the most of 'Our Space' at our young parents' service. The garden has recently been transformed with the support of Community Environmental Educational Developments (CEED), and is now split into four areas - an orchid where several trees are growing, an open space play garden, a wildlife area which has a bug hotel and four raised beds where vegetables are planted.

Alongside general maintenance of the 'Our Space', the gardener volunteer will offer the opportunity for the young people and their children to explore and develop a range of skills and experiences to support their own growth and development as they move positively towards their own home.

Time commitment: Minimum 6-10 hours per month, depending upon seasonal or project requirements

Key Responsibilities

  • Support staff and young people to plan, set up and maintain garden space, and/or fruit and vegetable beds at Centrepoint services.
  • Plan and grow flower gardens.
  • General maintenance of gardens.
  • Potential to take part in the management of budgets, sourcing of materials and purchasing of equipment, including seeds and plants.
  • Motivate the young people to access gardening activities by encouraging them to be involved on maintaining and developing gardens/allotments and harvest the produce.
  • Work cooperatively with other staff and volunteers.
  • Observe and adhere to Centrepoint policies relevant to the team and be familiar with emergency procedures in case of fire, serious accident or violence.

Volunteers should meet the following criteria

  • Enthusiasm and a passion for gardening.
  • Some experience or prior knowledge of gardening is essential.
  • Understanding of the importance of teamwork and a demonstrable commitment to being part of a team.
  • Able to work unsupervised.
  • Previous experience working with young people or disadvantaged groups is preferable.
  • Ability to communicate confidently and clearly with young people, other volunteers and staff.
  • Ability to remain calm when involved with challenging individuals and situations.
  • Understanding of the issues – practical and emotional – facing young people.
  • Understanding of the importance of teamwork and a strong commitment to being part of a team.
  • A commitment to demonstrating Centrepoint’s values.

What support will I be given?

  • Volunteers receive the following support throughout their volunteering.
  • Structured induction and training.
  • Ongoing support and supervision from the volunteering team.
  • Ongoing support and supervision from your supervisor.
  • Access to further training.
  • Travel and other reasonable expenses reimbursed.


If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please complete the application form 

We assess all applications against the criteria listed above. Successful applicants will be invited to an interview. All successful candidates will be subject to references and a DBS check, and required to attend a training session.

For more information please email

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