Volunteers are central to our culture, organisation and future. The rewards, satisfaction and joy of being part of our vibrant Garden are the highlight of the week for many of us. And you don’t even have to like gardening!

At present our volunteers do a wide range of things. We always need more people to help in all areas. In particular we need volunteers to support the following activities:-

Role Brief Description Timescale
Leaders /
Classroom Support
Roles include:

a.  People who can lead, or help to lead arts & crafts classes on Monday & Friday mornings.

b.  To help in Basic Skills class on a Wednesday morning.

c.  Help our Service Users with the use of IT, tablets etc. so that they can learn new skills.

Immediate and on-going
Supporting Service
Working alongside our service users in the garden, greenhouse or classroom-based activities to provide help, support & encouragement. Immediate and on-going
Gardening / General Maintenance People who can help with gardening & general maintenance. Immediate and on-going
Marketing / Fundraising / Sales Numerous roles including:

a.  Marketing – Promoting our events, improving our use of social media and website.

b.  Sales – Marketing and sales of our garden produce and our confetti.

c. Generally helping to organise and run our events including helping on the day with activities such as Meeting and Creating visitors, Serving Refreshments, Car Parking duties.

Immediate with additional support required during specific events including weekends
Various roles including

a.    To assist with general office admin tasks.

b.   A new role which we are keen to develop this year is a type of “front of house”, or “receptionist” although we don’t have anything as fancy as a reception area.

c.  IT support.

Student Placements We offer a number of student placements through out the year which so have included:

    • OT student placements
    • Social Work students
    • Students from Chester doing a 5 week work placement
    • Young people who are volunteering towards their Duke of Edinburgh or Welsh Baccalaureate qualifications
    • Students from Bersham Road who are carrying out practical tasks such as brick-laying
    • We currently have a couple of history students working on developing & displaying the history of the garden and the Project.
    • In the past we have had health & social care students on 12 month placements
    • We have also had conservation students from Northop carrying out environmental surveys

For further information or to express an interest in volunteering in our garden please contact us on TEL: +44 (0) 1978 265058,  email info@erlas.org or visit our Contact page.