Volunteering and work placements

You can receive free volunteer and work placement support if:

You are not currently employed
You are aged 16 years or older (Apart from Bike Project which is 18+)

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The Growing and Learning Project

This is an eight-week program, located at the Ongo Allotment in Scunthorpe. This project is a wonderful place to volunteer,  promoting ‘good mood’ gardening. On the allotment, you will grow all sorts of fruit and vegetables in small teams with other volunteers.

You will work together in small groups to form new friendships and gain new skills. This project can also help with anxiety and depression and is a wonderful, welcoming place to volunteer.

You’ll work under the watchful eye of our Growing and Learning Project Co-ordinator, Keith Robinson.

The Bike project

The Bike Project

This is a six-week program where you will be shown how to strip down a bike of your choice. You will then learn how to clean it and put it back together. Trust us when we say that this teaches you more skills than just how fix a bike…

This project can also help with anxiety and depression and is a wonderful welcoming place to volunteer.

The bikes are donated to us, so you are free to keep the bike at the end of your six weeks.


Volunteer training

We offer a free one day of volunteer training course. This covers several helpful topics and gives you a Health & Safety level One qualification if required. You will also receive a volunteer passport to record your volunteering hours, and we will give a referral to your choice of volunteer placement if you wish to do a placement afterwards.

OngoPhotograph by Richard Walker/ImageNorth

Work placements

Interested in volunteering but don’t want to do it at Ongo? No worries!

We can help you find an external placement, provide you with free training if required, then we will organise a meet & greet with you and the placement host to help break the ice.

Once you start, we’ll check in from time to time to make sure that you are happy with your placement and are progressing towards your goals.

Then at the end, we will give you a reference and help update your CV if you’d like.

What our customers think…

“I work on the community allotment and on wider gardening projects for Ongo. This involves growing fruit, vegetables and flowers. This provides many benefits for health and wellbeing.”

Philip Baker


Next Steps

To start your volunteering journey, simply put in your number below, and one of our friendly team will be in touch soon. *If you are not eligible but would still like support, please click here for alternative options