Ninewells Community Garden

Charity registered in Scotland SC044580

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.


Current opportunities

Volunteering as a garden grower within the Ninewells Community Garden can involve a number of activities. In general the role will involve: • Working as part of the gardening team. • Assisting in practical aspects of developing and maintaining the garden. • General gardening maintenance tasks such as weeding, deadheading, tidying the wider surroundings of the garden, watering, pruning etc. • Working cooperatively with other volunteers, visitors and residents from the neighbouring communities. • Communicating with the facilitator and/or board of trustees about needs or concerns to ensure a safe, accessible and enjoyable environment. • Assisting with household duties (washing, cleaning etc.) in our Leaf Room to ensure a healthy and safe indoor environment. • Supporting the greater objectives of the community garden and be an ambassador of the garden. We offer additional opportunities to share your skills, interests and ideas such as landscaping, planning and design; specific horticultural expertise; wildlife and nature surveys; other supporting skills such as administration, marketing, art & design, events, education etc. Please speak to us about these opportunities.

Volunteering as a garden buddy within the Ninewells Community Garden can involve a number of activities. In general the role will involve: • Assisting with the regular (weekly) volunteer sessions, by providing support to the sessional facilitator. • Supporting and encouraging other volunteers who require extra assistance by working alongside them. This may mean assisting with practical tasks, and/or creating a friendly environment through listening and conversing. • Assisting in the practical aspects of garden maintenance and development by working independently as required. For example outside of regular facilitated sessions. • Being a friendly face and welcoming people coming to participate in or visit the garden. • Working cooperatively with other volunteers, visitors and residents from the neighbouring communities. • Communicating with the facilitator and/or board of trustees about needs or concerns to ensure a safe, accessible and enjoyable environment. • Being familiar with and following defined health and safety protocols to enable safe working with tools and equipment to allow for safe gardening practice. • Assisting with household duties (washing, cleaning etc.) in the Leaf Room to ensure a healthy and safe indoor environment. • Attending regular garden planning meetings. • Supporting the greater objectives of the community garden and be an ambassador of the garden. We offer additional opportunities to share your skills, interests and ideas such as landscaping, planning and design; specific horticultural expertise; wildlife and nature surveys; other supporting skills such as administration, marketing, art & design, events, education etc. Please speak to the garden facilitators about these opportunities.

This volunteer role is intended to support the creation of specific digital tools within the Ninewells Community Garden and is expected to involve: • Liaising with staff on project requirements and specifics to ensure that content and methods meet existing quality criteria. • The creation of garden activities which can be accessed online. • The creation of trails and information which can be accessed digitally within the garden. • Updating staff and trustees on progress through presentations at board meetings. • Working with other garden volunteers on content creation and information. • Other activities which would support this work. It is expected that this role will be shared amongst a number of volunteers who will form the basis of a small team working collaboratively.

Ninewells Community Garden is looking for a new trustee to support our Charity to grow and develop. Would you like to join the Board of a local charity which works to improve the health & wellbeing of children, young people and adults? Ninewells Community Garden is a small local charity and exists to promote physical activity and mental health through community gardening. It sits within the grounds of Ninewells Hospital and Medical School and within the Menzieshill and Charleston communities. Despite being a small charity we consistently achieve remarkable outcomes with minimal resources and are often told we have improved people’s lives. We rely on a dedicated team of staff, trustees and volunteers to maintain our garden and develop and deliver new opportunities. We are seeking an additional trustee to be our Treasurer. The Board is currently made up of 8 members and meets every 6 weeks and is looking to recruit a new member. You will be part of a small and friendly team of trustees and staff who are passionate about how gardening & being in green space increases our feeling of wellness and reduces social isolation. The main duties are to maintain an overview of the charity’s financial affairs and ensure its financial viability; control expenditure; maintain proper financial records and procedures; and fulfil regulatory reporting requirements. You will work with our current Treasurer who wishes to step down from the role in the New Year. As Ninewells Community Garden does not employ a finance officer or company secretary, this is a hands-on role covering the full range of financial, accounting, regulatory and governance issues. Our trustees are all volunteers, most of whom live or work in the local community, and all of whom use their skills, knowledge and experience to help guide and govern our service, shape strategy, and give direction to the charity. This is an opportunity for you to make a real difference to the charity and to the local community. Treasurer Role · Oversee the financial affairs of the organisation and ensure they are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice. · Ensure proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures are in place. · Monitor and report on the financial health of the Charity · Oversee the production of necessary financial reports/returns, accounts and audits Contact chair@ninewellsgarden.org.uk to express interest Visit our web site for more information https://ninewellsgarden.org.uk/. And see lots more news on https://www.facebook.com/ninewellsgarden/.