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Volunteering at Hawkwood


Would you like to support a local charity and make a positive contribution to your local community?

At Hawkwood, there are many opportunities to make a difference – and with a range of flexible options on offer, you can get involved in a way that works for you.

Come and join our volunteer programme and make new friends, have fun, gain new skills, keep busy and active, gain work experience, give something back to the community, sample a career or do something different from a paid job.

Hawkwood has a wide range of volunteering opportunities on offer.


The availability of roles on offer will change from time to time, so keep checking this page for updates.

To express your interest in any of the opportunities please email: info@hawkwoodcollege.co.uk and if you can’t find anything that’s quite right for you, don’t worry – just drop us a line and let us know if you have any specific skills or are simply unsure about what you want to do.


The “Green Gym” Gardens


A regular group of volunteers joins us on Friday morning 10am-1pm in the garden. The age range is 27-72 years and about two thirds women, one third men. Many are in a phase of change in their life, perhaps new to Stroud, wanting to connect with Hawkwood,  or seeking a new direction. All abilities are welcome, although it’s necessary to be in a reasonably good state of health to manage outdoor tasks.

Work might be anywhere in the 20 acres around the buildings in the walled garden, polytunnel, woodland, flower, herb and vegetable beds, round the ponds & wetlands. We call it our “green gym” as movements include bending, lifting, digging, carrying, sawing, sweeping and so on. Weeding, planting out and harvesting flowers are also on the menu!

Bernard Jarman, head gardener, leads the team, alongside Katie Lloyd-Nunn, Programme and Communications Manager.  Everyone is welcome and we enjoy a nice coffee break and chat, with home-made biscuits during the shift.  We just ask you to bring your own work gear and we provide tools and equipment.

Publicity and programme Distribution

Our course brochure and other publicity materials are the main ways of advertising our events at Hawkwood and we are dependent on its wide circulation in order for it to be effective. This is where we need support to get our publicity out and about to the places where communities will see it such as pubs, shops, community centres, laundrettes, doctors’ surgeries, ensuring our brochure is available in as many outlets as possible.



We occasionally hold work weekends, an opportunity to come and stay at Hawkwood for people with an interest in supporting the maintenance of our building.  Tasks include painting, working in the garden, or undertaking special projects.  Full board and lodging is provided in exchange for your support.

Evening Events

We regularly seek support for evening concerts, talks and films – we might need an extra hand on the welcome / ticket desk, or with café at the interval or ushering, setting up and clearing up.

Open day

Open day is a wonderful free event for our local community on the first May bank holiday every year – we welcome around 1,000 people . Tasks include helping with our café, car parking, supporting our welcome desk

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Walk

Annual walk –we need support with car parking, running the bar and café and helping with the set up.  Last year 500 people came and it was a hugely successful event.

Seed Festival

Our big event of the year -  we need lots of help with this!  Ushering, car parking, litter picking, helping on the bar etc etc.  Please see the seed festival website and sign up on the volunteering page.  You get a free ticket so well worth helping out!

Winter Soltice Spiral

Each year we welcome around a hundred people to enjoy our solstice spiral but it takes time to set it up.  Please contact us if you can help.

Work Experience

We believe in supporting people into the workplace by offering short work experience placements in our busy office.  Please send a CV and outline your interest to info@hawkwoodcollege.co.uk


 “I really enjoy the home-made biscuits and talking to others.  I have done a lot of weeding and digging this year!” RC