Volunteers come to Thrive for many reasons, including a desire to gain further experience or skills, to 'give something back' to the community or to take a step towards employment.

We are always keen to recruit more help, so why not volunteer at Thrive? All our regular volunteers would have a DBS check which we organise.

Opportunities exist at Thrive in Beech Hill, Berkshire, Battersea Park, London, Kings Heath Park, Birmingham or Saltwell Park, Gateshead and include: 

  • Working at a garden project alongside a therapist, working directly with our clients or simply coming along to garden during the week
  • Working over the weekend, selling plants or helping out at our open days
  • Administrative support – helping in one of our offices

Volunteer Taster Sessions - come and see what we do

Battersea Park - 20th January; 21st February; 22nd March; 21st April; 23rd May; 22nd June 2017 between noon and 2pm

Phone: 020 7720 2212 Email: Battersea@thrive.org.uk

Trunkwell Gardens, Beech Hill, Berkshire - first working day of each month. January 9th; February 1st; March 1st; April 3rd; May 2nd; June 1st; July 3rd; August 1st; September 1st; October 2nd; November 1st; December 4th between 10am and noon

Phone: 0118 988 5688 Email: Trunkwell@thrive.org.uk

Saltwell Park, Gateshead - January 20th; February 24th; March 24th 2017 between 10am and noon

Phone: 0191 477 6287 Email: Gateshead@thrive.org.uk

Kings Heath Park, Birmingham - Second Monday of each month starting February 2017 between 10:30am and 12:30pm

Phone: 0121 293 4531 Email: Birmingham@thrive.org.uk

During the sessions prospective volunteers will be able to find out more about Thrive and the volunteer role, fill in their application form or take one home if preferred, find out how to apply for DBS clearance and hopefully meet current volunteers.

Volunteer Mini bus escort - Trunkwell Garden, Beech Hill near Reading

Help wanted in assisting our minibus driver when collecting and returning Thrive gardeners before and after their working day.  This is not a driving role and involves supervising people getting in and out of the bus, and escorting them during the journey. More details here.

Volunteer Fundraising Event Organisers - Berkshire based

We are looking for volunteers who can organise events in their local area to raise funds for Thrive.  From quizzes to garden parties and open gardens, fashion shows - with coffee mornings in between - we need people who would enjoy working with our Fundraising Officers to organise different types of events.  The role will involve the planning, organisation and review of the event. Find out more here.

Urgent volunteer help needed in Birmingham

If you live in the Birmingham area, we are looking for people to work in the stunning TV Gardens in Kings Heath Park.

These fabulous gardens were started in August 1972 in partnership between Birmingham City Council and television company ATV (which later became Central Television). The programme, Gardening Today, was originally devised to show viewers how to design and maintain their gardens and the first presenters were Bob Price and Cyril Fletcher.

Today, this section of garden is very mature and is looked after by Thrive staff, volunteers and client gardeners.

    If you don't live near any of Thrive's gardens, but would like to volunteer for a project offering horticultural therapy, we support around 900 garden projects in the UK and we can put you in touch with one in your area.

    To find out more about all these opportunities, please contact us on 0118 988 5688 or email the office manager.

    Click on the picture to see what our volunteers have said ...

    Brian Hughes helps Thrive therapists in engaging difficult to reach teenagers with behavioural issues.  Moira joined Thrive  Battersea as a        volunteer in 2015. I was keen to use my skills to support a local charity and as a keen gardener was delighted to find Thrive!