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Organisation Name
University of Lincoln
Title of role
Edible Kitchen Gardener - University of Lincoln
Number of volunteer places available
10
Tasks

The Edible Kitchen Garden is going to be launched on March 1st 2017 and we are looking for staff and students to help tend and grow the vegetables.

This role will last throughout the academic year.

Volunteers will be asked to help plant, weed, water and harvest the Peace Vegetable garden behind Witham House.

The garden produce can be consumed by anyone, although the chaplaincy does intend to make soup for the university community to enjoy.

A rota will be drawn up around each volunteer’s availability and free tea/coffee will be available from the Chaplaincy kitchen in Witham House.

Location

University of Lincoln – Edible Kitchen Garden behind Witham House

What kind of support/supervision will you receive?

Volunteers will be supported by Tracey Turton – Energy & Environment Office, Subash Chellaiah – Chaplaincy and Dan Clayton - Environment Sustainability Manager

Personal qualities and requirements

An interest in gardening or the outdoors. Willingness to get stuck in with any related task. 

Work-ready skills you will learn or develop
Team Working
Availability

A rota will be drawn up around the volunteer’s schedules.

During the summer, if students are available/close by, they may be asked to water the garden on a weekend if it gets very hot. 

Additional Info

Who would this role be most suited to? i.e. students studying a certain subject

This role is not limited to any university subject; it would be ideal for anyone with a passion for the environment, gardening or spending time outdoors.

Application process for volunteers: What are the steps from application to starting their volunteering?

Sign up on the website on the button below and will then be referred to the organisation. 

When can students expect to hear back from you once they have been referred? (Ideally students should be contacted within a week)

We aim to make initial contact with students within a week of them emailing us. The garden will be launched on Wednesday 1st of March and volunteers could be called upon from then. 


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Organisation Name
Clean Lincoln Everywhere And Now
Title of role
Environmental Officer - Clean Lincoln Everywhere And Now
Number of volunteer places available
Unlimited
Tasks
• Organise and execute individual litter picks • Volunteer for C.L.E.A.N’s organised litter picks
Location
Anywhere volunteers want to perform a litter pick. The equipment is stored at the CLEAN hubs, one at the Lincoln City Football Club Stadium, one at ONENK in North Hykeham.
What kind of support/supervision will you receive?
On C.L.E.A.N’s organised events there will be CLEAN team leaders supervising the event. When individuals organise an event we provide them with 24/7 available online/telephone support as well as supply them with all the information they need.
Personal qualities and requirements
Good sense of health and safety. This role is suitable for anyone who wants to make difference to being proactive in taking care of the environment.
Work-ready skills you will learn or develop
Organisation, Leadership, Communication
Availability
Our events run around once every three months. We loan the equipment all year round so volunteers can perform litter pick event’s as often as they like, when ever they like as long as the equipment is available.
Additional Info
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Organisation Name
University of Lincoln
Title of role
Fairtrade Officer - University of Lincoln
Number of volunteer places available
2
Tasks
Take part in the University’s Fairtrade Steering Group • Assist with organising Fairtrade events and projects • Keep the University Fairtrade social media up to date
Location
On campus
What kind of support/supervision will you receive?
The volunteer will be supported by the Fairtrade Steering Group and supervised by Tracey Turton (Energy & Environment Projects Officer) and Subash Chellaiah (University Chaplain).
Personal qualities and requirements
An interest in embedding Fairtrade goods in the University.
Work-ready skills you will learn or develop
Organisation, Learning and Adaptability
Availability
This would be ad-hocly throughout the year. The volunteer will be required to monitor the social media accounts for the Fairtrade sites. They will also be needed to attend the quarterly Fairtrade Steering Group meetings, and be available to support, brainstorm and work on events designed to promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight, which is 25th Feb – 10th March 2019.
Additional Info
The University has Fairtrade Status until April 2020. At this point we will look to renew this. We need to ensure that the University is raising the profile of Fairtrade and its importance to the global community. Any student wishing to become the Fairtrade Volunteer Officer will be contacted within a week of applying.

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Organisation Name
Bransby Horses
Title of role
Gardener - Bransby Horses
Number of volunteer places available
5
Tasks
This exciting venture will bring together each area of Bransby Horses as part of Bransby in Bloom and 50th Anniversary Celebrations. You will have the opportunity to brighten up various areas across the site with beautiful planters, hanging baskets and other floral displays. There is the opportunity to be involved with the general maintenance associated with a garden such as the painting of sheds, working in the greenhouse, creating raised beds and nurturing seeds through their various stages of development. This is a very exciting new venture will develop year on year with ongoing plans to include the development of an allotment area. We are looking for volunteers with an interest in gardening/a willingness to learn about the pleasures of gardening. Becoming a gardening volunteer will give you the opportunity to: · Grow and nurture plants from seed. · Plant up containers and hanging baskets. · Maintain, water and weed hanging baskets, planters, green house plants and raised beds. · Promote the benefits of the being a member of the Bransby Horses gardening club and how it impacts on the day to day life of the Charity. · Talk to and engage with the general public about the work of Bransby Horses – Bransby in Bloom. · Keeping the designated garden areas weed free and in a presentable condition. · Potentially be involved in the development of an allotment area for the production of vegetables and fruit.
Location
Bransby Horses, Lincoln Our café is set within our beautiful 600 acre site based near Saxilby, Lincoln. Due to the nature of our charity we are set in a remote location which unfortunately means that we are not on a bus route or very local to a train station or bus stop. Meaning it is quite difficult to access us without your own transport.
What kind of support/supervision will you receive?
This is quite an independent role, but there will always be the volunteer team to support and a point of contact within the charity.
Personal qualities and requirements
· Ability to work independently · Interest in gardening/horticulture · Good communication skills. · Flexibility · Team player · Reliable · Good listener · Ability to follow plans and instructions · Approachable · Punctual · Honest and trustworthy · Adaptability to various situations
Work-ready skills you will learn or develop
Learning and Adaptability, Team Working, Problem Solving, Organisation, Perseverance and Initiative
Availability
Flexible
Additional Info
This role would be suited to an independent person who enjoys gardening, the environment and conservation. The application process includes an informal chat and an application form. The application process can take as little as a week depending on availability and how quickly the application form is returned. Students will hear back from us in at least two weeks.

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Organisation Name
New Roots Housing Project
Title of role
Green Fingers Volunteer - New Roots Housing Project
Number of volunteer places available
4
Tasks

The Green Fingers Volunteer role is flexible and volunteers can work with the Volunteer Coordinator to create a role according to their own interests, skills and knowledge. As a guideline the main tasks involved in this role are outlined below:

•       Maintain New Roots’ allotment garden, with a particular focus on:

•       Mowing

•       Weeding

•       Growing produce

•       Work with the Volunteer Coordinator to develop the allotment garden and other sites, cultivating productive growing spaces and creating educational areas and resources.

•       Support the involvement of service users in gardening tasks, and their learning about growing their own food.

Location

New Roots Housing Project, 2-4 Overend Road, Worksop, S80 1QF

What kind of support/supervision will you receive?

New Roots is always looking for enthusiastic people, of any background, who feel they could make a difference to the project. All you need is the drive and enthusiasm to help vulnerable young people make positive changes in their lives.

Whether you’re looking for the chance to give something back, a bit of work experience, or something to do in your free time, New Roots can offer:

•       A meaningful volunteer experience with a vibrant, dynamic local charity.

•       The chance to make positive changes in the lives of our young people.

•       A full induction and training around working with vulnerable young people.

•       Access to ongoing support and development, including further training appropriate to your role.

•       Travel and other agreed expenses.

•       Valuable work experience and a reference resource for the future.

Personal qualities and requirements

This role would suit someone who:

•       Has some experience of gardening or horticulture, either through education, employment or volunteering.

•       Is enthusiastic about working in an outdoor environment.

•       Is familiar with the importance of health and safety.

•       Is an excellent communicator.

•       Has an understanding of safeguarding, confidentiality and the needs of vulnerable young people.

•       Is a reliable team player with a sense of humour and a positive attitude.

•       A full driving licence and access to your own vehicle would be highly advantageous.

 

Work-ready skills you will learn or develop
Team Working, Perseverance and Initiative , Communication
Availability

Tuesdays, 10.30am-3pm or 1-2 hours per week (flexible).

Additional Info

Application process for volunteers: What are the steps from application to starting their volunteering?

•       Complete Application Form and Equality Form.

•       Attend informal interview.

•       Attend induction training, submit references and DBS Check.

 

Timescale from application to starting volunteering:

1-3 weeks

 

When can students expect to hear back from you once they have been referred? (Ideally students should be contacted within a week)

Within 1 week.


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Organisation Name
Rivercare (Witham Group)
Title of role
RiverCare Volunteer - Rivercare (Witham Group)
Number of volunteer places available
Unlimited
Tasks
• Litter picking • River Clean • Wildlife surveying
Location
Meeting outside Tower Bar, Student’s Union
What kind of support/supervision will you receive?
All equipment will be provided; volunteers must wear sturdy shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. The Group Leader will be there to provide support and answer questions.
Personal qualities and requirements
Volunteers must be motivated, dedicated and have a passion for the safety of wildlife and protection of our rivers and oceans.
Work-ready skills you will learn or develop
Communication, Perseverance and Initiative , Team Working
Availability
RiverCare events are being held on: Saturday 16th February 2019 Saturday 23rd March 2019 Saturday 27th April 2019 Saturday 1st June 2019 Saturday 13th July 2019 Saturday 31st August 2019 Saturday 21st September 2019 Saturday 9th November 2019
Additional Info
This role would be suited for any volunteer of any ability. Especially relevant to students with an interest in starting a conservation, sustainability, environmental or animal-related career. Application process immediate – volunteers can come to next event, no matter how close. Will require to sign in at event on the day.

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Organisation Name
Voluntary Centre Services Lincoln
Title of role
Student Pipeline Ambassador - Voluntary Centre Services Lincoln
Number of volunteer places available
20
Tasks

To promote the Student Pipeline campaign to other students via events, one-to-one discussion and social media.

Many people are unaware that some of the biggest causes of blockages in pipes are wipes and fats, oils and grease.

Anglian Water, through its programme Keep It Clear, is working with communities to raise awareness of the issues, costs and misery blockages can cause with internal and external flooding, loss of toilet use, potential pollution and harm to the environment.

Anglian Water are currently doing some work with Voluntary Centre Services in Lincoln to promote the Keep it Clear message about how to keep pipes and drains clear and free from blockages. We are extending this work to the student community and would like to recruit some student Ambassadors to help us. There are some exciting give-aways and good publicity to help promote the message – but we need enthusiastic volunteers to help.

Location

University of Lincoln

What kind of support/supervision will you receive?

Initial induction and on-going support from VCS Lincoln Area Co-ordinator

Personal qualities and requirements

Good communicator; Passionate about the environment; ICT skills

Work-ready skills you will learn or develop
Learning and Adaptability, Communication
Availability

The role is flexible and could be fitted in around commitments and study

Additional Info

Who would this role be most suited to? Any course, although media and journalism students may particularly enjoy.

Application process for volunteers: recruitment sessions on site at the University

Timescale from application to starting volunteering: Immediately on completion of initial induction (as part of group session)

When can students expect to hear back from you once they have been referred? Within 5 days


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Organisation Name
Saxilby with Ingleby Parish Council
Title of role
Volunteer - Regeneration of Bridge Street Conservation Area - Saxilby with Ingleby Parish Council
Number of volunteer places available
Unlimited
Tasks
Tidying, sweeping, raking, painting fences, improving the canal area including protecting and improving wildlife, heritage and visitor experience. Refreshments and cake will be available during volunteer days.
Location
Saxilby Waterfront— Bridge Street and the Fossdyke Canal, Bridge Street, Saxilby
What kind of support/supervision will you receive?
Support the Canal and River Trust Volunteer Team Leader and other Working Group members. All safety procedures and work instructions will be given on the day.
Personal qualities and requirements
Enthusiasm, likes the outdoors and willing to get stuck in. Please wear old clothes and protective footwear if you have any.
Work-ready skills you will learn or develop
Problem Solving, Perseverance and Initiative , Team Working
Availability
Volunteer days are every month alternating between a Saturday and a Monday from 9.30 to 3pm. Volunteers can drop in at any time during the day. Next volunteer session is Monday 1st April.
Additional Info
Anyone can be a volunteer. Please contact Saxilby Parish Council for more information and directions of how to get to Saxilby. There is a regular bus route and trains from Lincoln Station and a cycle path.

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Organisation Name
THE OASIS
Title of role
Volunteer Gardener - The Oasis
Number of volunteer places available
10
Tasks
- Helping out with the general upkeep of the garden - Being a friendly face for visitors and participating young people - Helping look after the various animals on site - Becoming familiar with and undergoing training in Worth Unlimited Health and Safety and Safeguarding Policies - Giving any other appropriate assistance as may be reasonably requested
Location
The OASIS, Cherry Willingham
What kind of support/supervision will you receive?
Bus fares or petrol expenses will be repaid. There is a buddy system for new volunteers. There is a formal induction which includes training in Health & Safety will be given.
Personal qualities and requirements
This role will suit people who have either some or no experience of gardening but enjoy working as part of a team. It will be an opportunity to relax, de-stress and enjoy the outdoors. You will need to be a team player and willing to learn new skills. You will also need a non judgemental attitude as we often have young people exhibiting challenging behaviour working with us in the garden.
Work-ready skills you will learn or develop
Learning and Adaptability, Team Working, Perseverance and Initiative
Availability
Our main gardening day is Monday when we try to have as few young people as possible. However there is opportunity to come at other times as long as it is pre-arranged.
Additional Info
The role can be physically demanding so you need to be reasonably fit and willing to work out of doors in all weather conditions. At the present time the site is not accessible to those using wheelchairs, but we are working on that. If you put yourself down for this opportunity we will email you to set up a date and time to meet. At that meeting we can discuss what you want to get out of your volunteering and tell you a bit more about what we have to offer. Because we work with vulnerable children and adults you will then be required to fill in an application form and give 2 references. You will also need to under go a DBS check before you start. Volunteers usual start within a fortnight after the satisfactory references have been returned.

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