Volunteers needed for arts, crafts, and gardening skills project

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help out at a home-crafts and gardening skills project for Hackney residents with learning disabilities.

Homes and Gardens takes place each week at the Trowbridge Centre, on the Trowbridge Estate in Hackney Wick, and offers service users the benefits of activities such as sewing, and growing their own produce.

Those interested in volunteering must have some experience of learning disabilities in children or adults, knowledge of textiles/sewing, crafts and gardening, and be willing to undergo reference checks and an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure.

Volunteers will receive expenses, regular supervision and appraisals, and a reference, but will not be left alone with adults or expected to undertake intimate personal care.

Once a year, Homes and Gardens also puts on its own open day, where service users display their handiwork.

Cllr Nargis Khan, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “The Trowbridge Centre’s open day is a wonderful illustration of how Hackney’s service users are benefiting from the provision there. Volunteering can open up a whole world of new experience, meeting different people and making new friends, and I urge anyone interested in becoming a volunteer to find out more.”

For more information, contact Olivia Hockridge-Omonuwa on 020 8356 4246 or email