Outdoor Onsite Helpers, Gardeners, Handy Person Volunteers

  • VO86860


Description

Support our exciting community Compass Project and help to transform the naturally-beautiful and historic 4.1 acre former Waldorf School site into a centre demonstrating practical solutions for healthy, sustainable lifestyles.

The project has something for everyone including opportunities to find out and participate in:

• sustainable building practices with conservation of the listed main building & sensitive repurposing of the others – dry-stone wall restoration, stripping back damaged plasterboard ready for refurbishment, sorting building materials and items for re-purposing and upcycling.

• an integrated, creative health & education approach, supported by the natural & built environment – we offer opportunities for volunteers from secondary schools to participate in appropriate outdoor projects onsite.

• sustainable social enterprise projects serving the local community and involving those with learning disabilities – experience circular economy in practice as we start to outlet local organic produce and plants onsite on a donation basis.

• organic/biodynamic land use with nutritious food production, no-dig demonstration allotments, composting, beehives, wild flower meadow and woodland – keen gardeners are always welcome to come and help create a no-dig system from scratch so you never have to weed again! Experienced chain-saw operators can help manage our woodland.

• repair, reuse & recycle practices minimising waste and encouraging sustainability – furniture and other items for upcycling.

-Compass needs you!

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who are willing to lend a hand with whatever needs doing. We hold regular Saturday volunteer days where you can enjoy meeting like-minded people working together to make a visible difference to our site after each session. Volunteers tell us it is very satisfying to see how much of a difference their work can make.

Volunteers with specialised skills such as joiners, plumbers and DIY-enthusiasts will be especially welcome as we enter the next phase of our project to strip out the existing buildings ready for refurbishment.

‘Being out in the fresh air with others, seeing changes happening and feeling like I was part of a bigger process. I have also enjoyed meeting others who are enthused about the project. Sense of community, healthy activities. Very friendly co-ordinator and other helpers so feeling of welcome is lovely. I also value the fact that I only manage a couple of hours but this is still appreciated and I don't feel guilty when I feel like my body needs to stop! Beautiful grounds to work in’. – Compass volunteer

‘Such a great sense of satisfaction and wellbeing experienced at the end of 2 hours of hard physical work. This has sparked off an interest in gardening and growing plants at home. And also enjoyed being part of a community and meeting new people each time I come along who are equally enthusiastic about this project’. – Compass volunteer

Everyone is welcome at Compass and we look forward to working with you onsite! You can find out more on our website: www.camphillwellbeing.org.uk/compass or email: compass@cwt.scot for further details on volunteering with this exciting project.

Organisation aims and objectives

Camphill Wellbeing Trust is a registered Scottish charity supporting the wellbeing of patients and their families through an integrated, person-centred approach to health, education and social care.

Availability

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Flexible times and days available to suit volunteers. All help greatly appreciated.

Restrictions

16 years without an adult, younger if accompanied by adult.
Experience required: Everyone has something to offer Compass! All you need is the motivation to work with us onsite and help with the wide variety of tasks going on, knowing you will be contributing to the environment, the local community and your health and wellbeing. However, should you have specific skills you’d like to contribute to the project then we are sure these can be utilised along the way!
Travel details: Compass is situated at the former Aberdeen Waldorf School site (AB15 9QD) on Craigton Road in Cults. It’s a 15-minute walk from bus stops in Cults along public roads and paths. Volunteers should make their own travel arrangements to and from the site.

Support

Taster available: Yes
Training details: Good support and relevant training is provided to all volunteers. A brief introduction will take place at the start of each volunteering day highlighting the tasks and any health and safety matters. Volunteers will be supported by the Compass team when onsite and guided with regards to the tasks available for completion. Compass support young volunteers under 25 who wish to use their volunteering to gain recognition under the Saltire Awards. There are currently no onsite facilities for volunteers including toilets or running water but we hope to have these soon. Bottled water provided. Volunteers are guided on appropriate clothing and require face masks for any indoor work.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 15 days ago

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