Volunteer

Volunteer applications are currently on hold.

We are a volunteer-led organisation with an amazing team of volunteers coming from a variety of backgrounds and ages across East and West Sussex. The strength of Living Vital comes from creating a space that allows our volunteers to share skills, knowledge and ideas along with experiencing connection, purpose and integration with all beings.

We have achieved a lot so far and this could not have been done without the hard work and support of our many volunteers. As the scope of our projects continue to shift and grow there continues to be many ways to support our work.

We are currently not excepting any new volunteers until February 2024.

Ladybird

  • Come to the garden as and when you want
  • Get involved with a range of seasonal garden activities
  • Help shape and evolve the garden

What we’ll offer you in return:

  • A safe and welcoming space
  • A chance to learn about gardening and food growing
  • A share of the harvest
  • A beautiful garden and community
  • An opportunity to meet new people
  • A confirmation of volunteering when applying for jobs (after 6 months attendance at the garden)

Earthworm

  • Come regularly (at least twice a month for Tuesday sessions & once a month for Saturday’s).
  • Help to set and tidy up – arrive for 9.30am and stay until 3pm
  • Work with a small group on an activity, supporting the garden supervisors (you don’t need gardening expertise, we’ll teach you)
  • Work on seasonal garden activities

What you’ll offer you in return:

  • A safe and welcoming space
  • A chance to learn about gardening, food growing and permaculture
  • The provision of support and guidance on working with groups
  • In-house health, safety and safeguarding training
  • A share of the harvest
  • A beautiful garden and community
  • An opportunity to meet new people
  • References when applying for jobs (after 6 months in role)

Wren

Supports with any of the following:

  • Social media
  • Administrative tasks
  • Events
  • Fundraising

What we’ll offer you in return:

  • An opportunity to gain work experience in areas you are interested in such as fundraising, admin, social media and comms, governance.
  • An opportunity to support a grass roots project helping the most marginalised within our community
  • Visits to the garden
  • Special celebrations
  • A share of the harvest
  • Regular meetings and support for the work you do
  • A work email address (if working on a larger/longer piece of work)
  • References when applying for jobs

Butterfly

  • Support the running of our Voices in Exile sessions (a range of Tues/Thurs/Sat).
  • Activities are a range of cooking, gardening and crafts (no experience is needed)
  • You will be fluttering around to help set up the garden before the group arrives, and support the session activities
  • Help to set and tidy up

What we’ll offer you in return:

  • A safe and welcoming space
  • A chance to learn about gardening and food growing
  • The provision of support and guidance on working with groups
  • An opportunity to learn about cooking from around the world
  • To support a project working that’s working with marginalised people within our community
  • In-house health, safety and safeguarding training
  • A share of the harvest
  • A beautiful garden and community
  • An opportunity to meet new people
  • References when applying for jobs

Common Ground sessions run between March and July and again from September to October.

More details will be given once you get in contact.

Final things to know

  • Please note that while we recognise the therapeutic benefits of working in nature, we do not offer any kind of direct therapeutic service to our volunteers or participants, but we will offer basic training as when it may be required working alongside our participants
  • Unfortunately, we do not have funding to cover transport costs currently
  • The garden can only currently be accessed by foot over uneven terrain from the car park/bus stop – it is unfortunately not yet suitable for those using mobility aids
  • If you are looking for information on referrals, please be aware that we are working on a separate process for this, in the meantime please contact us at connect@livingvital.co.uk to discuss

We look forward to meeting you soon but if you do have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in contact at connect@livingvital.co.uk.