Volunteer Task Force (VTF) works with schools and university groups in the service area of gardening.
VTF works with universities to arrange weekend or weekday gardening volunteer opportunities. Gardening volunteers meet at 8 am at one of our four depots and, depending on the size of the group, travel in VTF vehicles with our coordinators, or follow the group in their own transport. A gardening day usually consists of visits to four or five client gardens. Volunteers and staff provide a basic gardening service that helps the client to live safely and comfortably in their home.
Student gardening volunteers are asked to wear closed in, comfortable shoes/boots/trainers and comfortable clothes they are happy to get dirty. We recommend sunscreen and a hat and ask volunteers to please bring a packed lunch and water.
VTF has worked successfully with schools as part of the Community Service Program (CSP) for Schools. Although the CSP has concluded, three schools still participate in VTF’s gardening program due to its success and the benefits to the students. A number of other schools attend during their activity days and school holidays.
Groups are welcome to join VTF for ad hoc or regular volunteer gardening days. Many groups can only attend on weekends. VTF endeavours to meet this request through Saturday gardening days held approximately once a month. If your school group is interested in participating in gardening volunteering during school time or school holidays, please ask your school coordinator to contact us, or you can CONTACT US directly.
Note: All groups are asked to supply details of each person and a police check will be carried out for everyone over 18 years old.
In 2015/2016, 80 student volunteers gave an average of 22 hours each to VTF.