Community Projects Assistant Urban Roots

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Organisation information

Urban Roots

Charity registered in Scotland SC040647

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Aims & objectives

Urban Roots is a community led organisation working across the Southside of Glasgow. We are committed to working with local people on projects that improve the environment and health of the area through a range of activities including community gardening, conservation and biodiversity, courses, workshops and schools projects. Our work aims to inspire people and communities to connect with nature, and take practical action that makes a positive difference to their own lives, their communities and the planet. The organisation's objectives are: 1.1. To advance education, particularly in relation to gardening, local food growing, healthy eating, traditional craft skills and matters relating to the environment; 1.2. To advance health through encouraging people to become involved in healthy exercise by participating in gardening, environmental improvement projects and similar activities, and by promoting healthy eating and healthier lifestyles; 1.3. To advance citizenship and community development (including the promotion of volunteering and the promotion of the voluntary sector and the effectiveness and efficiency of charities) by involving people who might otherwise be socially excluded in gardening, environmental improvement projects and other appropriate activities, and by encouraging the formation and development of local groups which harness the skills and energy of the local community and promote community cohesion; 1.4. To advance environmental protection or improvement; 1.5. To relieve those in need by reason of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage, and in particular by encouraging them to engage in gardening, environmental improvement projects and other appropriate activities; 1.6. To promote, establish, operate and/or support other similar schemes and projects which further charitable purposes.
Job number
Time of attendance
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays 9.30 to 4.30, 3 hours monday or friday for admin/ training. Some evening and weekend working may be required, this will count to the 25 hours.
No of references
Hours (per week)
Not supplied
Salary (£/hr)
£8.75 per hour

Job description

You will be responsible for assisting our Community Gardeners with delivering a programme of regular volunteer tasks in our community gardens and community woodland in Toryglen. In organising and leading tasks you will gain experience in volunteer co-ordination and project management. You will work closely with volunteers with additional support needs to ensure that they get a fulfilling experience at Urban Roots. You will also have the opportunity to get involved with other activities such as corporate volunteering sessions and public events.

As well as organising and leading the volunteers you will work alongside them to undertake regular tasks such weeding, grass cutting, sowing, planting and harvesting a variety of crops grown in the gardens along with woodland management and biodiversity monitoring. You will be responsible for making sure that all activities adhere to Urban Roots’ policies and procedures.

You will be supported by our experienced staff and you will receive training in Volunteer Group Leadership, Health and Safety, Tools, First Aid, Safeguarding, and more.

As you will be working with a diverse group of volunteers, training will also be provided working with people with additional support needs and Equality and Diversity.

Person specification

Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following as they are essential for the role;

Good communication, practical skills and an ability to follow instructions.

An interest in working with our volunteers and supporting them so they receive a valuable experience with Urban Roots, including enjoyment and a sense of achievement.

A confident and positive attitude and the ability to engage with a diverse range of people from our volunteers and visitors to other staff and our funders.

Ability and desire to work outdoors in all weathers and to engage in sometimes physically demanding work.

Ability and willingness to learn new skills.

A willingness to work some evenings and weekends.

Previous experience of horticulture or woodland conservation is desirable but not essential.

Additional information

Closing date 22/02/19

PVG/disclosure requirements

Required - can start subject to a successful Disclosure/PVG scheme membership