Are you into gardening? Consider yourself green? Then this might be the perfect volunteering opportunity for you!
At One Manchester, we believe in looking after the interests of the whole area, not just the areas where we have houses. One Manchester manages a significant amount of amenity green space around their properties, and also properties with gardens. An increasingly precious resource in built-up environments, green spaces can be a significant asset to their communities. They have an important environmental impact; both as wildlife habitats and through other means e.g. reducing air pollution and flooding. There is also evidence that access to green space has a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing.
We play an important part in ensuring that we are providing quality open spaces which are accessible to all. We recognise that well designed and regularly maintained places have an impact on how our areas are perceived by the community and how proud our tenants feel about where they live.
If you can spare one day a week for three months, read on!
You would be supporting the Green Champions Project Leaders by -
• Maintaining and proactively caring for green spaces in our communities, including collecting litter and weeding
• Be willing to learn and to share your gardening skills with others.
• Report any general issues such as litter, fly tipping or unkempt areas
• Be friendly and inclusive. Encourage and inspire others to take part and to value their environment
• Develop community links and networks to increase community involvement and pride in the places where we live.
We aim to ensure that you are able to access the resources you need for any activities and projects. For example, access to tools, materials, training and staff support. This will be discussed and agreed with your volunteer coordinator.
What's in it for you?
Ideally, we would like this to be a long term role in order for the volunteers to build a strong relationship with One Manchester teams and the local residents in our communities. There is also the option to share expertise with other community groups, to identify and complete tasks together, and work as a team.
In return for your commitment, you will:
• Receive ongoing free training (we need to formalise this and find some learning or work experience resources for your personal development)
• See the positive difference you are making to our communities
• Gain excellent networking opportunities by working directly with staff, residents and other community organisations
• Develop leadership and organisational skills
• Improve communication and team team working skills
• Share your knowledge and expertise to benefit others’ health and wellbeing
• Be covered for out of pocket expenses
• Hopefully have fun!
What skills or qualifications do you need?
• A keen interest in growing food/gardening/ caring about the environment
• Willing to volunteer outside at all times of the year
• Ability to motivate yourself and others to get stuck in
• Reliable and punctual
• Committed to attending regularly
• Good communication and listening skills
• Ability to accept other people’s opinions without judgement
• Ability to work within a specified time frame and to complete tasks
How can you apply?
Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Judith Bridgehouse, on 0161 230 1043 or firstname.lastname@example.org