Garden Mentor

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As a volunteer-led project, volunteers are integral to the ethos, development and maintenance of the therapeutic garden. Garden mentors provide support and encouragement to our garden volunteers who require extra assistance. Attending on a weekly basis, mentors provide support to the session leader; they participate in general gardening duties, working alongside those who may require support due to disability, illness or rehabilitation.

We do not expect new volunteers to be an expert, or even to have any previous gardening experience. What is most important is a kind and friendly manner and a wish to help support others enjoy the therapeutic benefits of gardening.

What do our volunteers enjoy?

“Getting healthy, keeping fit, meeting nice people!”
“Gaining confidence and working as a team. Very encouraging and enjoyable”
“Learning new skills, a feeling of wellbeing from fellow volunteers and staff… Being part of a beautiful garden!”

Organisation aims and objectives

Ninewells Community Garden aims to promote physical activity and good health through community gardening; in an environment where horticulture supports wellbeing, therapy and rehabilitation. The garden is open for visitors every day and we work with a wide range of volunteers and partner organisations to offer sessions throughout the week for gardeners of all abilities.










A minimum of 3 hours per week, with a trial period of one month.


Experience required: We are looking for people who are enthusiastic about gardening - we do not expect our volunteers to be experienced gardeners. Volunteers must have the ability to work effectively as a member of a team; have a patient, friendly approach; and a willingness to work outdoors in all weather conditions. Please note that the nearest toilets are currently a 5 minute walk from the garden.
Travel details: Ninewells Community Garden, The Arboretum, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, DD2 1UB. Volunteering takes place at Ninewells Community Garden, within the Arboretum behind Ninewells Hospital and near to Maggie’s Centre. The hospital is well served by buses. Please contact us for detailed directions.
Minimum age: 16


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: We will reimburse travel to and from the garden, subject to the production of receipts as evidence of the expenditure. We can also provide protective clothing for long term volunteers (after 4 week trial period)
Taster available: Yes
Taster details: Interested volunteers are welcome to come along for an informal trial session – to meet the volunteers and see the work we do.
Training details: New volunteers receive a full induction to the site and tool safety. The facilitator is available throughout the week for any questions and quarterly support meetings. We hold training and events throughout the year.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 2 months ago

Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.