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Volunteer with us at our community allotment

Spinningfields proudly launched a community allotment in 2020.

Nestled in Hardman Square, the patch, fondly named The Little ‘Lot, grows a variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, including broad beans, tomatoes, blackberries and onions, to name a few!

A wonderful way to rewild your soul and reconnect with nature, The Little ‘Lot is looked after by a wonderful group of green-fingered volunteers all year round.

All are welcome to join in at The Little ‘Lot. There are sessions every Friday from 12pm – 1pm and 1pm – 2pm. All equipment is provided. We advise volunteers wear suitable clothing, including closed toe shoes, long trousers and a sunhat.

It’s FREE to take part. To take part, volunteers simply need to email info@spinningfields.co.uk with the dates (Friday 19 May / Friday 26 May / Friday 2 June / Friday 9 June / Friday 16 June / Friday 23 June / Friday 30 June) and times (12pm – 1pm / 1pm – 2pm) they’d like to attend. There are only 8 volunteer spaces per session available, therefore we advise booking asap.

If it’s your first time volunteering, you’ll be asked to sign a short form. If you can’t attend a session on a particular date, please just let us know in advance so that we can open up the volunteer spot to somebody else.

Occasionally our photographer Karen will pop by and capture shots of both the allotment as well as our volunteers in action. If you don’t wish to be in photos, please just let her know when you arrive. The photos will be used on our website and social media channels. In addition, Spinningfields’ head gardeners, John and Vanessa, will be at each session to offer tips, tricks and techniques to volunteers as well.

Spinningfields is committed to helping end homelessness in Manchester. The produce grown is donated to local soup kitchens as well as to the in-house café at Back on Track, a charity that helps people rebuild their lives after homelessness.

In addition, Spinningfields supports The St. John’s Homelessness Initiative which actively provides inclusive job opportunities as well as raises funds and awareness for Real Change MCR – a central fund that allocates money to various homelessness initiatives and schemes across the city, that all actively help people build independent lives away from the streets. This might include paying a deposit for a home or clothes for a job interview. There’s a QR located on a sign at the allotment for people to directly donate to Real Change MCR

Together, we can make a difference.

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