The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew runs a Discovery programme for elderly and disabled people. Please see our webpage: www.kew.org/learn/discovery.html. We look for people who enjoy working with elderly and disabled people, who are keen to learn about Kew, about plants and have the ability to convey this knowledge to people of mixed abilities.
We have recently expanded this programme and we are not currently recruiting for additional volunteers.
1. Discovery Bus Guide
The Discovery Bus is a specially adapted vehicle which allows us to offer tours of the Gardens to our less able groups. It is larger than most mini-buses, carrying up to 14 people, including two in wheelchairs, if required. Volunteer guides accompany the driver and give a commentary en route.
2. Outreach Presenter
Volunteers participate in our outreach programme giving illustrated talks about Kew to elderly and disabled groups in the community, particularly during the winter months. Outreach volunteers need to drive their own cars but are provided with appropriate equipment. Ideally outreach volunteers work in pairs.
Finally volunteers also accompany individuals who wish to visit the Gardens but, because of visual or physical impairment, are not able to do so on their own or it may be that their companion/carer requires assistance. This can involve pushing a wheelchair or offering an arm. The volunteer is also be expected to give a personalised tour en route.
If you are interested in future volunteer opportunities at Kew check our volunteers page regularly.