Volunteers – Join Us!

Volunteering is a fantastic way of meeting new people, having a good time, feeling valued, getting active and learning new skills.

Would you like to come along to one of our ‘taster’ sessions, have a go at gardening with us, meet our regular volunteers and enjoy the Five a Day experience!

Wednesday 4th March and Friday 6th March from 10am to 1pm we are hosting these sessions for anyone who is thinking of volunteering. No need to book, but if you can let us know that you’ll be coming we’ll make sure we have enough cakes and biscuits! Email: wendy@fiveaday.org.uk

Volunteers from CROW and the Sage Foundation employee volunteering programme have been busy in the garden this spring!

Conserve Reading on Wednesdays (CROW) enjoy visiting Five a Day because we give them ‘big tasks’ to do! In April they removed a large raised bed and built three new ones for vegetables and flowers. Thank you CROW!

Three volunteers who take part in the Sage Corporation’s employee volunteering programme, Sage Foundation, spent a day digging up weeds and nettles from a veg bed, which will grow beans and courgettes this summer.

Thank you Karen, Caroline and Ian – you were brilliant!

We’re looking forward to meeting other Sage volunteers in May and June for more gardening tasks.

‘Five A Day Market Garden is a unique and special community project. Through volunteering at the garden, I’ve met so many lovely people and learned heaps about organic gardening.’

We welcome new volunteers to our wonderful team of over 40 volunteers and we think there are volunteering opportunities for everybody!  We offer a wide range of opportunities such as:

helping in the garden – you can be new to gardening or have some experience – all welcome!

become a fundraiser for us.  You (and your friends)! might want to put on a cake sale, run a marathon, shave your hair!  We can help with all the practicalities such as sponsorship forms, taking donations online etc.

assist with our educational work in gardening, conservation and art – no teaching experience is required, just a willingness to get involved and a great sense of humor!

help out at our events – open days and fetes in the summer 

marketing and admin volunteers are always very welcome!

distribute leaflets (and keep fit)! to local shops and libraries for us when we want to promote a particular event

‘It’s an ideal way to spend a few hours with lovely like minded people in wonderful surroundings, a great tonic, everyone should try it,. Val, gardening volunteer.

‘Early retirement took me to 5 A Day. We have fun, great friendship spirit, learn about gardening, have more laughs. Work hard (sometimes). Best group I have ever joined. Don’t think about it, just do it.’ Clover, gardening volunteer

‘I am so proud to have been volunteering for a gardening project that brings the community together to not only give their precious time and knowledge but to learn new skills and have fun at the same time.

‘It has been a privilege to be a part of it for the last six years.’ Wendy, committee member.

‘I enjoy working at the market garden because it is a truly nurturing environment, where friendships grow as freely as the plants, and people thrive.’ Debs, teaching and gardening volunteer

‘Six years ago I joined a group of volunteers at the 5aday garden. That group is still meeting each Monday. Not only do we enjoy gardening but each other`s company. We have a chatty tea break,we meet up for xmas dinner. We also seem to get sunshine most of the  time! I recommend it!’ Lin, gardening volunteer.

You might have ideas about how you would like to volunteer your time.

Volunteers are welcomed and supported from their first session!  We often ‘buddy up’ new gardening volunteers with the more experienced to show you the ropes and help you settle in.  For volunteers interested in accessing training, we can often access funding opportunities  in areas such as first aid, horticulture, conservation and teaching.    Do get in touch!

‘Volunteering at the garden is always a pleasure: Yvonne really looks after her volunteers, and the garden is so beautiful and peaceful it always lifts my spirits to go there. Through volunteering at Five A Day I’ve gained new skills, made new friends, enjoyed home-made cakes and even found work opportunities as a result of the skills I’ve learned there.’ 

Our volunteers are a mix of ages, young and more senior and from a variety of backgrounds.

We’re a sociable bunch here at Five A Day and we hold regular social gatherings for our volunteers.

Gardening volunteers are welcome on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Times are very flexible.  Full training is provided.  We are also very keen to take on volunteers with learning disabilities, however please bear in mind that we would expect the volunteer to be supported by their carer.

Prospective teaching volunteers are required every week day from March through to October and are a  wonderful compliment to our teaching team, helping the tutors with groups such as older people or adults with learning disabilities.  The volunteers may offer one to one support to help a learner complete a gardening task such as seed sowing  or assist with art activities during our craft sessions.

We also harvest produce to eat or make a simple soup during some of our teaching sessions, so prospective volunteers with an interest in cooking are very welcome!

All prospective teaching volunteers need to complete a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) application form, which we pay for.

‘I’d recommend it to anyone who’s looking to volunteer in the Reading or West Berkshire area.’

Interested in finding out more?

Email us using the contact form.  We will arrange a meeting and the opportunity for you to see the garden and meet our volunteers.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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