South Reading Volunteer Sessions

These session run at the folowing times:

Wednesdays 10am to 12.30pm (term time only) starting 17.03.21

Fridays 10am to 12.30pm (term time only) starting 19.03.21

Running across 2 Food4families gardens in South Reading, our training base at New Directions College on Northumberland Av and at Whitley GrowAllot, the sessions enable volunteers to try out a wide range of horticultural tasks from general weeding & mulching to a variety of propagation techniques.

We will be restricting the number of people who are able to attend a session so that we can maintain social distancing and keep the space safe.

If you would like more information or to book a session please email If you have your own gardening gloves please bring these with you.

Community Garden Volunteers

F4F has 4 community allotment sites where we run regular sessions supporting local residents in growing their own fruit and veg in communal spaces. We need volunteers to support an F4F tutor at these sessions working one-to-one alongside a resident to give them confidence or company, or to help with general maintenance tasks. Volunteers are often able to take home seasonal veg.

The sessions take place at regular times during the week and the weekend from mid-March to end of October.

School Garden Volunteers

F4F presently runs food growing sessions at local primary schools after school with children and their families. A Food4families tutor organises and runs the sessions with the support of a member of school staff but the more adults the more the children manage to achieve.

The sessions take place at regular times during the week and the weekend from mid-March to end of October.

Committee Support Roles

Two of our community allotments are presently managed by constituted groups of local residents. These committees would benefit from the support of volunteers who have experience of being on committees, who could work alongside residents as they learn to take on committee roles such as Treasurer etc.

The committee meetings take place every couple of months and members may need some support in between meetings as needed.

Reading Food Growing Network Events Volunteers

Reading Food Growing Network is for any groups/individuals in the wider Reading area who are interested in promoting the local growing of fruit and vegetables. The network organises events such as seed / plant swaps in local communities, shares knowledge, organises speakers/training and plans community cooking sessions.

We are looking for volunteers to help the RFGN development worker plan the logistics and publicity for upcoming events. This role will work out of the RISC office or from home for a couple of hours per week.

Reading Town Meal

On Sat 25th September 2021 Reading's Town Meal will take place in Forbury Gardens. The steering group, which is lead by F4F and RFGN, are helped by volunteers to help with planning the entertainment and other logistics in the lead up to the event.

For more information contact Sharon  on 0118 9586692 or via our contact form.

Volunteer in our Reading Office at RISC 

We are currently recruiting for a volunteer in our office at Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) on London Street. We are looking for someone to help us with office administration, including event planning for the year ahead and publicity. No experience of gardening is necessary, but we need someone who can commit to 4 hours a week with us in the office on Fridays to overlap with one other staff member for the foreseeable future. If you are interested in finding out more, please complete our contact form.