Help older people keep on-top of their garden

Gardening / Outdoor work volunteers needed for Age UK Reading

Could you give one day a fortnight to help us provide a gardening service for older people in Reading?

Many people find as they get older, gardens they once lovingly cared for become too much to maintain. But finding regular help with mowing and weeding can be harder than you’d think!

There is a great need locally for a low-cost, basic and reliable service. Commercial companies often don’t want to bother with smaller gardens. Leaving many older people relying on small ads or notice boards, which have an element of risk and can be hit-or-miss.

Last year Age UK Reading launched a pilot project in the Southcote area. With minimal advertising and word of mouth, we quickly had more requests than we could accommodate. We currently have a waiting list of 40 older people in the Reading area, but are unable to help more people or extend the service beyond Southcote until we have more volunteers.

If you can give one day a fortnight, Monday or Tuesday, from 9.30 – 2.30 we’d love to hear from you. Don’t worry about having Green Fingers as experienced volunteers will help you identify the weeds.

The volunteering day can be busy as we drive between 1 hour appointments at closely located gardens. We work in pairs, with one person mowing and another weeding, which means we also have time for an all-important chat with the older person. 

What our clients say:

I look forward to the Age UK Team coming.  They are always kind and cheerful, and keep my garden under control, as it is very big.  It looks nice when it’s finished – Mrs Jerome
As I don’t have to do the heavy work its such a relief.  I can do a few pots, to add a bit of colour and still enjoy my garden. Instead of it being a burden.  So Thank You – Mrs McDonald


Contact person firstname
Contact person's position
Gardening Service Coordinator
Their phone number?
0118 950 2480

Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Not specified
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Not specified
How much time?
A few hours a month
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PM
Availability required
All of these times
Additional timing details
One or two days a fortnight – depending on what you can offer, the service is delivered in Monday's between 9:30am-2:30pm, April - November.
Task type?
Gardening / Outdoor work
Will suit someone like this:
Enjoys variety and changeGood sense of humourSociablePatientSupportiveCommunicatorEnjoys working outsidePhysically fitHas a few hours to spare
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Is training given?
Training description
Volunteer Induction, Manual Handling, Safeguarding Training and tool briefing.
Is support given?
Description of support
Named person as main contact, and named contact in the form of the Lead Gardener for every day you are volunteering.
Are expenses paid?
Description of expenses
Travel expenses to and from start point
Will I need my own transportation?
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Are references required?
Will there be an interview?
Are they properly insured?
Minimum age
Do they need a specific gender?
How many volunteers needed?
Opportunity added on
13 February 2017