In the Tagsa Uibhist team we pride ourselves on providing a supportive and enabling environment where volunteers of all ages and abilities are able to help us in our work with the community.
From learning new skills, making new friends, to giving back to our community in Uist - there are so many reasons to get involved. Our volunteer roles vary throughout the year, but we are absolutely delighted to hear from anyone who is willing to contribute to fulfilling our mission of promoting health and wellbeing in Uist.
We are actively looking for new volunteers to work in our Community Gardens. The volunteer role varies throughout the year and can include tasks within plant care, harvesting, site care and maintenance work. Whilst the volunteering experience does not involve formal training, we hope that volunteers will enjoy 'learning by doing' through working alongside the Community Gardeners who are always happy to share their knowledge.
As I am now retired I had time to spare. In my working life I was used to being busy & I didn't want to risk being bored. The chance to ‘give something back‘ was the main reason I chose to volunteer. I have been interested in gardening since my childhood. Why volunteer in the gardens? I like being outdoors and I don’t mind getting my hands dirty. Having visited the gardens prior to offering to volunteer I liked the atmosphere there, welcoming & relaxed. I enjoy watching plants/produce grow, especially those I have sow. It is good to work in a team as there is always someone to ask if not sure what to do. I also enjoy working on my own, it concentrates my mind & is calming. I can do things at my own pace and I have learned so much. To sum up, I find volunteering at the gardens a rewarding & often fun experience, though I don’t realise at the time it is good, steady exercise too. It gives me as much, if not more, than I give the gardens.
I am still at school and currently volunteering once a week at the Tagsa community gardens so I can get some work experience. Since I started I have been involved in different activities. I have helped to build a wind break, painted raised beds and mixed manure with soil for the raised beds. I like the fact that I have something creative to do and I enjoy chatting to staff and the other volunteers.
The community gardens at Tagsa Uist are a fantastic place to volunteer. I worked one morning a week during an extended stay of two months as a visitor to Uist in July and August 2022. The volunteer role is very flexible and adaptable to your interests, skills and availability. The staff and other volunteers are supportive, kind, welcoming, and are always happy to help, teach and explain things in any way they can. I learned a few gardening skills I didn’t have before. I loved being out in the fresh air and getting the exercise. And even after just a few weeks, I felt that I had made a bunch of lovely new friends!
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