Urgent volunteer help is needed in Birmingham.

For more details see the Birmingham Centre page.

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 so why not volunteer at Thrive? Most of our volunteer roles require a DBS check which we will organise.

Opportunities exist at all our centres.

Roles include: 

Client Support Volunteer - Reading, Birmingham and HMP Hewell, Redditch

Working at a garden project alongside a therapist, working directly with our clients.  For more information about the Client Support Volunteer role see the role description here.  For more information about the role at HMP Hewell see the Birmingham Centre page.

Weekend Gardener - Reading

Working with other volunteers on tasks that our clients either could not get to do or were not able to do during the week. For more details of the Weekend Gardener role see the role description here

Administrative Support – Reading or Birmingham

For more details of the Administrative Support role see the role description here.  For details of the Administrative Support role in Birmingham see the Centre page.

Volunteer Mini bus escort - 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.

Fundraising Event Support Volunteer - Berkshire based

Help wanted to support our Fundraising Team at a wide range of fundraising and awareness raising events such as village fetes, Christmas fairs and store collections. Find out more here.

To find out more about all these opportunities, please contact the relevant Centre, details below, or the Office Manager by email or on 0118 988 5688.

Volunteer Taster Sessions - come and see what we do

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 meet current volunteers. 

Trunkwell Gardens, Beech Hill, Reading, Berkshire - Usually the first working day of each month.  Please book first to confirm your place.  Thursday 1st February, Thursday 1st March, and Wednesday 4th April 2018 between 10am and noon.  Phone: 0118 988 5688 Email: Trunkwell@thrive.org.uk

Battersea Park, London - February 13th 2018.  We will be recruiting for Client Support and kiosk volunteers.  Phone: 0207 720 2212 Email: Battersea@thrive.org.uk 

Kings Heath Park, Birmingham - Second Monday of each month between 10:30am and 12:30pm.  Phone: 0121 293 4531 Email: Birmingham@thrive.org.uk

If you don't live near any of Thrive's gardens, but would like to volunteer for a project offering horticultural therapy, we hold details of over 700 garden projects in the UK. Contact us here for details of projects in your area.

Click on the pictures below to see what our volunteers have said. Click here for more volunteer experiences.


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!

 Click here for news about why volunteering is good for you and to see Tina's story
I spend one day a week supporting a group of client gardeners...and I'm loving it!