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Volunteering at SAGE Greenfingers

SAGE Greenfingers is a small charity based in Burngreave, helping to support people with mental health issues, offering them the chance to do some therapeutic gardening on our allotments and creative activities in the local community.

As a charity, our volunteers are extremely important to us. We’re looking for volunteers who are available to attend the same session most weeks for several months, because our group members benefit from building relationships with people they know will be reliable. All you need is an interest in working with people with mental health issues. No specific qualifications are necessary, although it helps if you have a good level of spoken English. It’s much more important that you are open-minded, non-judgemental and a good listener.

We work with asylum seekers and refugees and we welcome applications from people with these backgrounds. You do not need a work permit or visa to volunteer with us and all volunteers will have a DBS check (paid for by SAGE) before they start.

What our volunteers do:

Help support people to do:

•Gardening

•Cooking

•Art and craft activities

•DIY tasks

•Creative activities such as singing

The benefits of volunteering with us:

We believe volunteering should be a rewarding experience all round. We couldn’t manage without the support of our brilliant volunteers so we are really committed to helping you get the most from your time at SAGE. In return for your support, you will get:

•Experience of supporting people with mental health issues. Previous volunteers have progressed to paid work for other horticultural projects, advice work and mental health support.

•Physical activity and conversation in an enjoyable environment.

•The chance to improve your skills in gardening, DIY, art & craft activities and communicating with people.

•The chance to make a real difference in people’s lives.

•The chance to make a positive contribution to the local community.

•Training - for example, local organic gardening courses, WEA mental health courses, Thrive horticultural therapy & mental health courses, as well as first aid training.

•Occasional socials with staff and volunteers.


So if you…

  • are interested in mental health
  • can support people through a creative process and if they are out of their ‘comfort zone’
  • like spending time outside
  • enjoy gardening or DIY
  • …then you could be just what we’re looking for.

    One of our volunteers discovers tomatillos


    Another volunteer in our polytunnel


    Want to apply?

    Please ring Emma, our volunteer coordinator on 0114 273 7718 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information or download an application form here.

    If you have specific interest in applying to support our ‘Arts’ arm of the service then please ring Miriam, our support worker with arts lead on 0114 273 7718.


    We also have occasional opportunities such as supporting our publicity - for example, working on our website or leaflets. Or you could attend a local fair with us, to act as ambassador for the project, giving information and raising awareness of our work. If this is something that you would be more interested in then please contact us.

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