As a small community-based charity with a small staff team, we depend upon volunteers to deliver our services and run the charity. Volunteers made a huge impact in the early days of the garden site, where the site was cleared and redesigned and volunteers continue to play a crucial role in keeping the organisation running.
Key ways for volunteers to support the organisation are:
Sydenham Garden has an Equality and Diversity policy and seeks volunteers that represent the diverse communities within Lewisham and Bromley.
Volunteers with disabilities: We provide specialised gardening tools and equipment for those with disabilities, and have an adaptable computer workstation and hearing loop available in our resource centre.
Accessibility: Sydenham Garden seeks to be as accessible as possible. Our Resource Centre is fully wheelchair accessible, as is the majority of the garden site at Wynell Road which has been designed with people with diverse needs in mind. We also have hearing loop systems available within the building. Our De Frene site is a little more difficult to access although we are working to address this. Please let us know if you have any comments or queries.
CRB checks: Please note that because we work with vulnerable people we carry out Enhanced CRB checks on volunteers that work closely with our service users. However, a criminal record does not necessarily bar you from working with our service users.
We are always interested in potential volunteers in the following areas:
1. To help provide support for arts, crafts and gardening activities, please click below for more detailed information on the role:
To apply for any of the above posts, please complete an application form, for the pdf please click here, and return to us by post or email. If you would like to phone for an informal chat before completing an application form, then please call us on: 020 8291 1650.
If you do not want to sign up as a regular volunteer, why not join us as a Friend of Sydenham Garden so that you hear about activities coming up.