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Volunteering Opportunites
Connecting local people to nature and inspire communities to engage in Islington's parks and green spaces.

There are a range of opportunities available including Community Garden Champions, Education Champion, Community Garden Volunteers and Event Volunteers!

The following benefits and skills apply to all Champion opportunities: 

Benefits for you:

  • Recognised professional work experience in the environment, alongside possible project leadership & development
  • Travel expenses on request
  • Opportunity to attend training courses inc. first aid, where available
  • Possible opportunities for further vocational training


Essential Skills/Qualities

  • A keen interest in working in the environment
  • Outgoing, with good people and communication skills
  • Interest in the natural world
  • Reliability and enthusiasm
  • Willingness to undergo a DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) check
  • Willingness to attend and successfully complete essential training courses.


Desirable Skills/Qualities

  • Aged 21 or over
  • Knowledge of the natural world


Volunteer Champion Roles:


 Garden Champion:

Supporting us to develop and lead community garden projects including food growing, balcony growing schemes, roof-top gardens  and wildlife gardens in green pockets across Islington.

Main duties will involve:

  • Helping to develop, devise and co-lead new community garden projects and workshops
  • Managing volunteers and ensuring their safety
  • Attending occasional meetings and weekend events

 Education Champion:

Supporting us to lead our Environmental Summer School during the first two weeks of the school summer holidays, over four workshop sessions. 

 Main duties will involve:

  • Co-delivering environmental education workshops and wildlife activities 
  • Planning and co-delivering, outdoor summer education programme.


Casual Volunteer Roles:

Event Volunteers:

Supporting us to deliver our Urban Wild Places activities in Islington parks, including the occasional weekend event. 

  • Volunteer needed for the Highbury Fields Summer Sports Event, 23rd July 

 Community Garden Volunteers:

Support us by participating in community food growing and wildlife gardens in green pockets across Islington. This is a hands-on, practical role and an opportunity to get involved in new community gardens from grassroots to harvesting.  


To Volunteer please fill in this application form


Or for more information and a full role desciption please contact Hilary on hilary@octopuscommunities.org.uk or on 020 7263 7095