Volunteering and Jobs

Many of you will have heard about the huge numbers of local people who volunteered their time to help out during the height of the Covid-19 crisis earlier in the year.  It really is amazing to see how positively spirited people are in times of difficulty.

Sadly we had no choice but to temporarily suspend a number of our charitable and social enterprise activities – but we’ve been working hard to get them started again and to reduce the Covid risk.

We have updated this post to highlight some of the largely outdoor volunteering opportunities we currently have.  Like all voluntary organisations we rely heavily on people helping out.  Would any of the following volunteering roles would be of interest to you or someone you know? We could use some extra help.

Inclusive Cycling – help us re-start

Our accessible cycling project helps people with all abilities and those with disabilities to be able to experience cycling, to gain exercise, meet other people and learn skills.  We have an amazing array of cycles; adult trikes, go carts, wheelchair bikes, 3 wheel tandems, hand cycles and more!

We have re-designed our cycling sessions to be covid-safe and plan to restart in October (date to be confirmed) on the athletics track at the David Weir Leisure Centre (SM5 1SL). We are looking for enthusiastic people to help:
–              set up sessions by getting bikes, trikes and barriers in and out
–              as stewards to assist with staying safe through queuing and socially distancing
–              keep the cycles clean by sanitising handgrips and saddles etc between users
–              help with minor cycle repairs during sessions and keep the fleet in good condition
–              be there to help generally with these good natured cycle sessions
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Walled Garden – design and build a cold frame

We are renovating a Victorian Walled Garden hidden away behind The Lodge in in the Ecology Centre in Carshalton.  We have just been awarded a small amount of funding to help us build some cold frames. So we are looking for somebody with the skills to build as small structure with low brick walls and wood framed glass (or similar) on the top.  We’d like the cold frames to be a similar design to that which the Victorians would have had in gardens of this type.  Does this sound like your sort of project?  There are lots of other tasks that need doing in the garden as well….
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Farmers’ Market – relief stewards

As a result of our amazing team of dedicated volunteer stewards, we were able to re-start Wallington Farmers’ Market just two months after lockdown.  The market supports British local and regional farmers and producers to sell their quality food directly to local residents.   Could you help for between one and four hours occasionally on a Saturday as a steward to ensure shoppers know where to queue for each stall so that the market keeps covid-safe.  The market is held on the second Saturday of each month.    Click here to offer help 

Plant sales persons

We raise much needed funds for our community allotment project by selling plants.  We would like to re-start our plant stall at the Wallington Farmers’ Market and we need volunteers to run the stall.  Ideally you would know about garden plants so that you could advise buyers, but you don’t need to be a world expert, as the basic information is on the plant labels that we make.  We will have a contactless card machine as well as a donation bucket to avoid handling cash.  Click here to offer help

Community Allotment

We plan to restart our supported therapeutic food growing sessions in November on Mondays and Fridays. We know that several groups of people with learning difficulties, and people with mental health problems would like to come back to the allotment.  We’ll need help with ensuring that people taking part are safe and happy while gardening.  For example, ensure people have the tools they need, that they clean them after use, and that they have an enjoyable time and learn about growing food – and that they follow social distancing rules.

In the meantime a small group of volunteers are looking after the allotment and we plan to start a volunteer task session on Saturday mornings.  So if you are able to garden independently without support and would like to meet others and get some fresh air and exercise at the weekend, please also let us know.
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The Lodge – DIY enthusiasts

Once our current phase of building work is complete – (and it’s nearly there!) we will have a beautiful historic building to look after and community facilities to improve and maintain.  There will be all sorts of projects, from decorating the ex-chapel to renovating garages, building an eco-classroom and more.  If you’ve got a bit of spare time, have DIY type skills and would like to put them to good use for the community, we’d love to hear from you.
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