Volunteer with Us
Helping bgen can play an important part in your professional development. It allows you to give back to the national network in a way that suits the time you have… and of course we’re always grateful for extra help.
Volunteering can help you to:
• Build valuable experience for your CV
• Try things that will be useful in your role or even areas that you can’t try out in your current role but you’d love to expand into
• Share skills you have as part of the bgen central team
• Meet new people and strengthen your professional connections
• Get to know the bgen network and its members better
• Enjoy a rewarding, satisfying experience that helps other bgen members – a bit of professional refreshment!
• And of course, to help spread amazing plant based learning further to inspire more people.
As a bgen member you have the opportunity to volunteer in one of our exciting new work streams in any of the following roles:
What does the role involve? It could be a trail, exhibition, new learning programme, new garden or anything of interest to our members. We are looking for volunteers to visit, review and write a short piece about what they’ve seen or experienced.
How will it work? When new things are happening to inspire learning through plants in your region we will contact you to ask if you want to do a review. If you’ve heard of something happening then you can also propose a review that would be useful to other bgen members. You will be part of the Communication and Membership workstream in the bgen central team.
What’s in it for me? Seeing best practice, CPD, writing skills, critical analysis, credited content on the national bgen website.
How much time will it take? 1.5 days per review and must complete at least one review per year. Can be flexibly arranged to fit in with your schedule. Your garden or organisation may pay expenses otherwise bgen will pay them by prior agreement and on receipt of the content.
Social Media Guru
What does the role involve? Crafting exciting and useful content for bgen’s Twitter feed, as well as our public Facebook page and closed bgen members Facebook group. The role can be limited to 12 months or ongoing.
How will it work? You will be monitoring content on our social media streams, removing or sharing content as well as adding new content created by you or other bgen members, on a regular basis. You will be part of the Communication and Membership workstream in the bgen central team.
What’s in it for me? Experience with social media, writing skills, a finger on the pulse of developments in the sector.
How much time will it take? Around 1-2 hours/fortnight.
What does the role involve? Acting as a ‘critical friend’ you will review parts of the bgen website and provide constructive comments on how it could be improved. This is part of a wider review of bgen communications currently being undertaken.
How will it work? You will be asked to review certain pages on the website by a certain date and then you let us know your thoughts on how they could be improved. You will be part of the Communication and Membership workstream in the bgen central team.
What’s in it for me? Experience with critiquing websites.
How much time will it take? Around 30 mins – 1 hour per website page to review and provide comments.
What does the role involve? Capturing the fun and flavour of the annual bgen conference in photographs and/or video.
How will it work? You will attend the conference and take photos, then upload them to the bgen dropbox account afterwards and potentially some to the bgen website.
What’s in it for me? Photography experience, discounted attendance at the conference, your name in the photo credits when your images are used.
How much time will it take? 3 days attendance at the annual conference plus 3 hours to select, edit and upload images.
What does the role involve? Capturing the essential points of a bgen training day and writing them up for the bgen website to share with other bgen members.
How will it work? You will attend the training day, then within 2 weeks send brief notes about the main points to the bgen Co-ordinator to add to the website. You will be part of the Communication and Membership workstream in the bgen central team.
What’s in it for me? Free attendance at the training day, CPD, networking with other attendees, credited content on national bgen website.
How much time will it take? A day to attend the training course plus half a day to write up notes and submit to the bgen Co-ordinator for uploading with relevant photos, links to useful documents, reports and websites.
Other ways to volunteer:
Organise an area event
The Training workstream would be delighted to hear from you if you can offer a venue and help to organise a training or networking day in your area.
Offer a free venue for a bgen CPD event
We are always looking for free venues to host the various professional development events we hold across the UK. The Training or Conference workstreams would be pleased to hear from any organisation willing to offer a venue.
Join the bgen Board
Fancy a new challenge and want to take your career further? Find out more about volunteering on the bgen Board.
If you have some spare time to get involved, please fill in the short form below, with details of any experience or skills you would be able to draw on. If you would like further information, please contact the bgen Co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org