What we’re looking for?

For someone who is a bit of a nerd when it comes to eco-conscious gardening – particularly composting and water butts. Expect questions like; What food can I put in my compost bin? What’s that smell? Won’t it attract mice and rats? Can I put everything I eat in my compost bin? Can I use garden worms for a wormery? Can I make my own water butt? Does it need to have a tap?

You will:

  • teach how to get the right balance of ‘browns and greens’, when to turn and water your heap and when it’s ready to use in your garden and where.

  • be able to share different types of composting solutions (indoor/outdoor, hot/cold, batch/continuous). If you have a wormery to bring and show, we’d love that!

  • lead a group build for a DIY compost bin using scrap materials and discuss the pros and cons of DIY versus ready-made compost bins. We want to focus on re-using materials, we have some wood/palettes on site.

  • share information on why everyone should have a water butt (collect that precious water)! We have examples of water collection around the allotment, but it would be great to be able to share cost-effective examples of how easy it is for anyone can have a rain-water collection point in their own garden/balcony/outdoor space.

We will create a WhatsApp group to share resources and tutorials.

Everyone will be asked to assess their environmental and waste impact.

If this sounds like an opportunity you are interested in please click the ‘I want to apply’ button and fill in the form. Alternatively, if you would like to find out more about the role, you can book an information session below.

We’d love to hear from applicants that represent the communities we work with and welcome applications from young people, Black, Asian or minority ethnic persons, working-class people, marginalised genders, and people who have a disability, impairment or learning difference. We are an employer that values lived experience at all levels of our organisation.

If you would like to discuss any support for expressing interest, please get in touch with Elle at elle@brightboxmakerspace.com

The Details


PXI Community Allotments
336 Herries Road
S5 7HB (map)

Application deadline:

Thursday 15th July, 11:59 PM

OPTIONAL information sessions held online:

Thursday 8th of July, 5-6 PM

Friday 9th July 11 AM – 12 PM

Event Schedule:

Prepare and Plan* – 1/2 day

Set-up/down – 30 min (before and after workshop)

Workshop – 2 hours

Impact & Evaluation – 1/2 day



* We have an additional budget for materials.

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OPTIONAL Information sessions held online:

Information sessions will be held on Thursday 8th July 5-6 pm and Friday 9th June 11am-12pm. If you would like to sign up for an information session, please fill in the form here.

If you would like to discuss alternative application and interview formats, or any support you need, please get in touch with Elle at elle@brightboxmakerspace.com

These workshops are funded by PXI Community Allotments. They are intended primarily to prioritise the people living and working in the Southey and Firth Park areas to join as participants.


    What if I’ve never led a workshop before?

    Don’t worry, we’re all learners! We want you to feel confident engaging underrepresented groups so that you get the most out of your experience as a role model and so that children and families on this programme feel inspired and encouraged to make links between their own local heritage and engineering.

    The Brightbox team will support your design using our event guide template and make sure you are familiar with our values, including how to:

    • co-create and ask questions that encourage problem-solving and teamwork

    • address privilege, language and being actively anti-racist

    • ensure activities are safe

    • create activities related to your career

    • create repeatable workshops and virtual tools for online participation

    Frequently Asked Questions
    • First Session – The learning phase! Pilot your workshop for real and get to know what worked – and what didn’t.
      Second Session – After some reflection supported by the Impact Team, you will be able to use your findings to improve your final activity.

    • No, this is a voluntary position.

    • Online, details will be confirmed.

    • Yes, a member of the Brightbox team will be at each workshop to help moderate.

    • DBS is not required but desirable.

    • Before the day, you will speak with the team to finalise your workshop design and briefed on tech support.

      First session

      On the day, there will be up to 10 children per workshop.

      After the event, we will ask you to provide some feedback on how it went. This will be a quick 15-minute call with a Brightboxer.

      Second session

      On the day, there will be a different group of children and you will use your reflections to deliver an even more fantastic workshop!

      After the event, you will need to join us for a 1-hour focus group with our Impact Team.

    • Just one activity or discussion repeated.