What we’re looking for?

For a local gardener, landscaper or allotment fanatic…to help our young people, ‘Breaking Ground‘, shape our shared allotment into a more productive and defined site for all the community to enjoy. 

We have BIG plans for our shared community allotment with PXI, and with winter approaching we want to get ourselves ready for a blossoming spring and summer for 2022. We love spending time on our allotment and completed a number of building projects over the past year; pizza oven, shed from scratch and an outdoor kitchen.

Alongside building we have dabbled in growing lots of rhubarb, tomatoes (although lost to Blight) and lots of squashes. We have some fruit trees and bushes. However, we haven’t spent much of our focused attention to the green-side for a while since COVID distracted and changed our plans. So there is still a lot of overgrown areas and small uneven wobbly paths. Our partner, PXI has worked with the community to draw up some plans and ethos for the space.

We do respect the wild-side and don’t want it to be perfect, but we do want it to be a more accessible space for everyone who uses it such as widening paths and better accessed raised beds, etc. It would be ideal to get someone in to help guide us month by month on what jobs need to be done (pruning, planting, dividing) and a plan for how to use allotment more productively (maybe selling our flowers for market or growing fresh, local produce for the National Food Service).

Our young people are mindful of not upsetting the wildlife on the allotments, and we are keen to include sustainable, eco-conscious and low-impact ideas. We’ve liked the no-dig approach, using cardboard and wool. Our composting bins needs a bit of TLC. Breaking Ground are also keen to revamp our wildlife pond.

The delivery is once a month sessions + planning time for 6 months. Scroll down to ‘The Details’ for full schedule.


You will:

  • help lead a consultation with the young people to share, involve and vote on plans with allotment community, e.g. Our partners (PXI, Norwood Allotment Committee) and other users.
  • work collaboratively with young people
  • maintain good relationship with PXI, Norwood Allotment users and visiting groups (Willowbeck Care)
  • make the workshops accessible for the young people to work hands-on
  • create a plan for each month including the tasks the young people can continue with each week
  • include these ideas somewhere into your plans: allotment tours for inspiration (on/off site), widen paths and wild-life pond
  • provide an assessment on your environmental and waste impact
  • be responsible for purchasing materials within budget provided
  • report weekly back to Brightbox (one picture and update)


  • Enhanced DBS check. If you do not have one, Brightbox will request for one on your behalf.


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@brightbox.org.uk


The Details

Delivery Dates

Saturday 16th October
Saturday 6th November
Saturday 4th December
Saturday 15th January
Saturday 12th February
Saturday 12th March


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

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Application deadline

Friday 8th October, 12 midday.

OPTIONAL information sessions held online

Thursday 16th Sep, 5:30-6 PM

Friday 17th Sep, 11:30-12noon

Please click date above to sign up

Event Schedule

Prepare and Purchase* – 1.5 days or 11.25 hours (this is your personal at-home time to plan for the sessions)

Workshop Sessions – 6 days (this will be on-site working with the young people 9:30am-1:30pm)

Impact & Evaluation – 1/2 day

8 days total

* Shopping list will be sent to us for approval, then money will be released to you for purchasing. Please allow time for purchasing and delivery between sessions.


£ 150 per day or £ 1,200 total


£ 500

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

These workshops are intended primarily to prioritise the people living and working in the S5 wards (Southey, Firth Park, Parsons Cross, etc) to join as participants and role models.