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

Opportunities exist at Thrive in Beech Hill, Berkshire; Battersea Park, London; and Kings Heath Park, Birmingham. Come and find out more on one of our taster days. See below for details. 

Roles include: 

  • Working at a garden project alongside a therapist, working directly with our clients or simply coming along to garden during the week
  • Working over the weekend, selling plants or helping out at our open days
  • Administrative support – helping in one of our offices
  • We are also recruiting for:

Volunteer Sales Coordinator - Battersea Park

Help needed to operate the sales kiosk, selling plants and related items, cash handling in accordance with financial procedures. Also responsible for securing the building and maintaining plant quality and signage.  Find out more about the Volunteer Sales Coordinator role.

Volunteer Mini bus escort - Trunkwell Garden, Beech Hill near 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.

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, Berkshire - first working day of each month.  October 2nd; November 1st; December 4th between 10am and noon.  Phone: 0118 988 5688 Email: Trunkwell@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

Urgent volunteer help needed in Birmingham

If you live in the Birmingham area, we are looking for people to work in the stunning TV Gardens in Kings Heath Park.  These fabulous gardens were started in August 1972 in partnership between Birmingham City Council and television company ATV (which later became Central Television). The programme, Gardening Today, was originally devised to show viewers how to design and maintain their gardens and the first presenters were Bob Price and Cyril Fletcher.  Today, this section of garden is very mature and is looked after by Thrive staff, volunteers and client gardeners.

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 for details of projects in your area.

To find out more about all these opportunities, please contact us on 0118 988 5688 or email the office manager.

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!

I spend one day a week supporting a group of client gardeners...and I'm loving it!