Soil Sisters Garden Volunteers

Women's Environmental Network (WEN)

East London

Volunteer • Part Time 07514750059 Bethany Summers

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Monday, 4th June 2018  

About the Role:

WEN are recruiting a small team of volunteers to support our exciting three year ‘Soil Sisters’ project delivering weekly social and therapeutic horticulture (STH) sessions at 5 women’s refuges across East London.  Funded by BIG Lottery Reaching Communities, WEN are working with Ashiana Network and Hestia to support women to improve wellbeing, raise aspirations, build confidence and develop skills.

You don't have to be an expert gardener! We want creative people with a can-do attitude and a love of nature, who will bring their own skills and interests to shape the project develop beautiful gardens. The gardens are small spaces so will use a range of nature inspired ‘green care’ activities that might also include cooking, crafts, and trips. So its a good environment to learn about what it takes to be a therapeutic gardener.

Volunteers will work alongside the highly skilled team of lead Therapeutic Gardeners.  A friendly, caring approach is really important but the role also requires you to maintain personal boundaries whilst working alongside women during these difficult, often traumatic transitions.  We hope for longer-term commitment so as not to disrupt the groups. Applications from other sectors or diverse experience welcomes.  We especially encourage applications from black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) women and people with lived experience.  WEN want to create a good environment for volunteers so will provide training and ongoing support and supervision. Travel and lunch expenses paid. 

There are up to 5 volunteer roles available requiring with a minimum of 3 hours per week per garden.

Keen to get started!?  Email with a CV and cover letter outlining how you how you meet the role description and why you are interested in this position.

Main Responsibilities

  • Take part in weekly therapeutic gardening sessions supports refuge residents enhance their skills, confidence and overall health and wellbeing.
  • Assist with monitoring and evaluation.
  • Work with participants with the values of respect, co-production and person-centered support building the programme around residents interests.
  • Adhere at all times to both WENs and our partners policies and procedures including Volunteering, Safeguarding, Health and Safety, and Lone Working.
  • Work closely with the Soil Sisters team to ensure effective delivery.


  • Interest and experience in working with community projects or therapeutic gardening.
  • Experience working alongside vulnerable people in a friendly approachable way whilst maintaining boundaries.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, able to form supportive and yet professional relationships with diverse people
  • Highly self-motivated and good team player, able to seek advice and support when needed


  • Gardening and growing skills.
  • Expertise or interests beyond only gardening that can enhance the projec

Please note:

  • Due to the nature of this work, only women should apply in line with the Equalities Act 2010. 
  • This role is subject to safeguarding checks and training
  • Refuges are based in Tower Hamlets (Tues), Walthamstow (Weds), Leyton (Fri), Leytonstone (Weds) and Barking (Tues)

To apply please email with a CV and cover letter outlining how you how you meet the role description and why you are interested in this position.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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