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Volunteering

Volunteers are a very important part of Poppleton Community Railway Nursery, they are part of the community we are trying to serve and each one brings with them their own unique qualities and skills. The nursery relies on volunteers for every aspect of its day to day activities and we are always looking to recruit interested people to come along and join the team.
There are a variety of opportunities for volunteers at the nursery which fulfil a range of different needs, interests, levels of ability and time commitments, the hours are flexible and support and training is available.
The benefits of becoming a volunteer are varied, some people want to improve their skills and experiences, to enhance their career prospects, to secure a job, to improve their health, to make new friends, to give something back to society, to make a difference.
Whatever the reasons for volunteering at Poppleton Community Railway Nursery we believe that everyone has a contribution to make and we would be pleased to give them the opportunity to make it with us.

Volunteering Opportunities

Nursery Volunteer

To work under the direction of the duty nursery manager and as part of the team growing plants to sell at various venues in the York and Poppleton area. This is the part of the business that provides the pennies to carry out the extensive plans we have to restore the nursery and narrow gauge railway to its former glory.
Volunteers need to have an interest in horticulture and gardening. The tasks involved include sowing seeds, pricking out seedlings, potting on plants, dividing plants, propagation and marketing.  Seasonal activities also include making hanging baskets and decorative pots, Christmas decorations and wreaths which allows for those with a creative nature to shine!
A short induction will take place to cover health and safety issues and other essential information and existing skills and any training needs will be identified. Support and supervision will be provided and on the job training given as required.
This opportunity is available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9.30am – 4.00pm. 

General Volunteer

To work under the direction of the duty nursery manager to maintain, improve and develop the nursery infrastructure:  to carry out repairs to buildings, glasshouses, and outdoor repair and maintenance work on nursery frames and beds.
The ability to carry out DIY skills in a safe manner, teamwork and good communication skills are essential.
A short induction will take place to cover health and safety issues and other essential information and existing skills and any training needs will be identified. Support and supervision will be provided and on the job training given as required.
This opportunity is available on Wednesday and Friday from 9.30am – 4.00pm and Thursday 9.30am – 6.00pm. 

Narrow Gauge Railway Volunteer

To work under direction of the duty nursery manager as part of the maintenance team for the narrow gauge railway. To lay and maintain the narrow gauge track which is being reinstated to run around the perimeter of the nursery to enable produce to be moved freely and safely. To restore, renovate and maintain trucks for use on the line and to maintain the engine used to pull the trucks.
An interest in railways, railway heritage and restoration of the narrow gauge system, the ability to carry out DIY skills in a safe manner, teamwork and good communication skills are essential.
A short induction will take place to cover health and safety issues and other essential information and existing skills and any training needs will be identified. Support and supervision will be provided and on the job training given as required.
This opportunity is currently available on Thursdays between the hours of 1.00pm – 6.00pm.

Volunteer Nursery Sales

To work under direction of the duty nursery manager as part of the plant sales team to organise and run sales in various venues around the York area to provide an income for the nursery. These sales take place on a regular basis and will be found on the general website.
Important skills include: the ability to set out and display the plants and merchandise appropriately, to record information correctly and be confident when handling money. Other skills which are essential are the ability to work with a diverse range of people, confidence with the general public, communication skills and the ability to work as a team.
Sales will take place at various venues but the base will be at the
Poppleton Community Railway Nursery.
Station Road,
Upper Poppleton
York.
YO26. 6QA.

Sales also happen at York District Hospital, Wiggington Road, York.

Becoming a Volunteer

To become a volunteer you need to contact the volunteer co-ordinator and arrange a time to visit the nursery.   The volunteer co-ordinator will then give you a guided tour and discuss your requirements and outline what the nursery can offer you.  If the outcome is successful and both parties are in agreement the next step is to become a member of the PCRN, membership costs £5 per annum for those in employment and £2 per annum for unemployed people or students. After this it is plain sailing and after a short induction you will be a fully fledged member and volunteer of the nursery.



We look forward to meeting you!