Volunteering with Peebles CAN is open to people of all ages and abilities. No one has to be skilled at particular activities, we encourage “learning by doing” in all our environments.
Peebles CAN values include:
Working towards a sustainable community
Promoting a healthy lifestyle
Learning new things, or expanding on current skill sets – by “doing” and getting stuck in to tasks!
Creating an inclusive, friendly community group where everyone can feel at home
No matter what your age, volunteering can be very rewarding, and look great on your CV.
Volunteers can join in for as long or as little as they like, you do not need to make a weekly commitment.
See below for further details on the opportunities with Peebles CAN.
Volunteering at the Peebles CAN community garden has been ongoing for several years, and offers a broad range of opportunities, including:
Planting – sowing seeds, transplanting seedlings, feeding and watering plants
Plant care – variety of activities, such as pruning tomatoes and fruit bushes, earthing up potatoes, cultivating runners
Maintaining the garden – weeding, raking, edging beds, putting up protective netting structures, building a brash hedge, willow weaving, strimming and mowing
Woodwork – building structures for the garden, bordering patches and building netting frames.
All our tasks are seasonal, so jobs to do in the garden are always changing! Volunteer sessions at the community garden are every Tuesday and Friday, from 10-12, and Mondays from 1-3pm.
Unfortunately due to Covid restrictions, we regret we cannot provide our usual tea, coffee and refreshments for volunteers. You are of course welcome to bring along your own.
Everyone is encouraged to take a harvest from the garden away with them!
Our volunteers say:
“I was welcomed immediately from the very first time I walked into the community garden. I just came for a quick look around, to see what it was all about. I have met such lovely people here, and learned so much about gardening. Now I come 4 times a week – I just can’t stay away!”
“Thank you very much for making the Community Garden the wonderful place that it is. We were delighted to ‘discover’ it this year, and the whole family enjoyed our Tuesday mornings working and playing in the garden, the tasty produce we took home, and the lunches at the Flowerpot Café! Special thanks to Heather and Jess who welcomed us so warmly when we first arrived in the autumn.”
“It is such a lovely place to come with the kids and they are learning loads"
“The garden has a really positive vibe, it’s great to work outside as a team, I’ve made new friends here and have developed my skills”.
For more information on becoming a volunteer please contact
For more information on joining these cooking sessions as a full participant please see our project pages.
Previous Volunteering Opportunities
Leaven Deli and Saturday Market
A previous Peebles CAN project offered volunteering opportunities at the Leaven Deli, the Saturday Market
For more information please see previous projects page.
Grow Kids, Cook Kids,
Peebles CAN welcomed “families of volunteers” with children as young as pre-school into the garden and kitchen as part of “Grow Kids, Cook Kids. This was a project funded by the National Lottery, People’s Projects, and over 100 families were involved weekly in learning to grow and cook with local seasonal produce from Scotland.
Funding ended in 2017, but Grow Kids continues to thrive due to popular demand as a paid activity.
Costs are as little as £3 for one child and £5 for two children.
For more information on availability please contact and see our previous projects page for participants experiences.
Volunteering with Peebles CAN contributes to making your town self sufficient and resilient to the effects of Climate Change. You will be making a meaningful difference, meeting a great mix of people and building your skill set. You'll also learn how non-profit organisations work and whether you might like a career in this sector.
For more information on the work we do, have a look at our project pages.