We call the Skip Garden the garden of a thousand hands because it was created, grows and gets nourished with the help of countless volunteers. Our experienced gardeners, chefs and carpenters love sharing their knowledge and will always ensure that volunteers learn something new in return for their hard work.
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Here's how you can get involved
On Wednesday evenings, the garden is transformed as people of all ages leave their office, their homes, their schools to get their hands dirty and help the Skip Garden grow. You will work alongside our experienced gardeners with expertise of growing in hard urban spaces and you will always be invited to stay for a homecooked warm meal at the end of the session as a way of saying thanks. Our Twilight Gardening sessions run from March to October on Wednesday evenings from 5 - 7pm. Spaces are limited so booking is essential.
Volunteering in the garden or kitchen
As part of companies' CSR, sustainability and personal development initiatives we always welcome volunteers to help in the garden and the kitchen. You might be helping with planting seeds, transplanting seedlings, weeding, watering, basket weaving, harvesting vegetables and cooking. We also have opportunities for business employees to help mentor young people to set up their own youth enterprises as well as possibilities to run workshops around your field of expertise.
Lunch and Learning
You can become part of the King's Cross community by having lunch and working side by side with local children and other King's Cross business employees to explore sustainability in a hands-on way. Each month we focus on a different theme, from bee-friendly planting to bread making in the outdoor pizza oven to working with willow and making jams and chutneys. Alongside the local children, you will co-design and make the products which will find a useful home on the King's Cross development site. Lunch & Learning sessions take place fortnightly on Wednesday lunchtimes.
Here's how we've worked with different companies
Argent employees have volunteered with Global Generation in many different ways, from attending our Twilight Gardening, helping in the kitchen, supporting our Business BTEC students to set up their own enterprises and by taking part in our Lunch & Learning sessions . Their participation has been an important part of building a diverse and creative community in King's Cross.
Zone's employees receive 2 days a year to volunteer in a charity of their choice. They found that hardly any employees were taking up this opportunity because the choice of charities can seem overwhelming and they are not always set up to have volunteers for a day. Global Generation offered clear volunteering opportunities in the garden and the kitchen as well as a specific project to help with designing and making signs in the garden. This has been hugely successful and we look forward to continue working together.
Each year the Guardian runs a volunteering week in which over 250 staff sign up to take part in a volunteering project with the Guardian's community partners, of which Global Generation is one. Since 2009, employees have volunteered with Global Generation on various projects, including building the first Skip Garden with local young people, helping set up and launch the Universe Story website and help Global Generation's Business BTEC students set up their own enterprises.