Volunteer at The Old Library’s Garden

SleepersP1030120We have had reclaimed railway sleepers donated, so we are ready to start building raised vegetable beds. If you want to help, please let us know.

Next Thursday, 23 January at 10.00am there will be a working party at The Old Library clearing rubbish from piles at the back of the garden, and putting it into bags to be taken away from the site.

Become a part of the Gardening Committee, download Volunteer Role Description here RoleDescriptionGardeningVolunteerTOL

Title of role

Gardening Volunteer

Purpose of role

To participate in planning, designing, and maintaining the garden around The Old Library, to be part of the team that grow herbs, vegetables and fruit trees in The Old Library’s grounds.


As part of the Gardening Club Team and in conjunction with The Old Library’s Trustees and employees:

Planning and designing the garden

Building or purchasing garden structures: raised vegetable beds, fences, bean teepes etc.

Choosing, purchasing or otherwise sourcing seeds, seedlings and plants to plant

Maintaining structures and taking care of plants

Harvesting produce

Organising gardening events for the community: work days, gardening courses, healthy eating courses, celebrations and community meals

Cooperating with local organisations in Cornholme and with similar organisations in Calderdale and beyond: Incredible Edible Todmorden, Todmorden in Bloom and other

Promoting The Old Library as a community-owned building and helping people to use The Old Library as their community centre


In The Old Library’s café, Parkside Road, Cornholme, OL14 8QA

Support and supervision

There is ongoing day-to-day support from the volunteer Gardening Coordinator, The Old Library’s Administration Worker and Trustees. You will meet with the Administration Worker and/or Trustees to discuss long-term and short-term goals and ways of achievement them. You will be given all necessary briefing and you will get acquainted with The Old Library’s garden, gardening tools, and all the contacts that The Old Library has. Café Worker will be present on site. Finance Worker is there to help with finances.

Benefits of the role

You will have a chance to use your gardening skills to help your community and to develop your skills and learn new ones. You will be volunteering as part of strong team of committed people. You will provide practical help that will change people’s lives to the better and that will make the village look good.

The Old Library is a vibrant community hub. You will have the chance to meet new people, form a Gardening Committee and bring your vision of a community garden into life.

You will be offered the opportunity to attend any in house training that is relevant to your role.  After you have been with us for 2 months you will be able to request a reference should you need it.

Travel expenses will be reimbursed. You will be able to have one free drink per a three-hour shift.

Personal qualities and requirements

For this role we are looking for someone who is capable of regular time commitment, as Gardening Club is weekly, on Friday mornings, 10 am – 11.30 am. There will also be working parties organised for weekends.

Gardening skills would be an advantage.

Because the organisation works with vulnerable and young people we require 2 Referees and ask that you undertake a DBS check, which will be free for you. We will also invite you to an informal discussion.


A commitment of at least two sessions per month for an hour and a half session is sought, with possible weekend hours.

Contact us

If you want to find out more have a chat with The Old Library’s Staff, Trustees and volunteers when The Old Library is open,

phone Administration Worker, on 07442499952 and 07906160721 and

or email contactus@oldlibrary.org

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