Project Officer talking to volunteers about plants on the River Colne

There are a number of ways you can get involved with Groundwork East as a volunteer. Do you have an enthusiastic team of employees ready to get stuck into fundraising or are you interested in a team buildling day? Would you like to find out more about working in conservation or the charity sector? We’d love to hear from you if so – drop us a line at and we can point you in the direction of the best person to help.

There are also projects at the bottom of the page that are currently looking for volunteers.

The benefits of volunteering and spending time outside in nature are well-documented. They include:

Gaining New Skills
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Volunteering provides an opportunity to acquire practical and personal skills. It can be beneficial for students, career starters or those looking to enhance their skills for career development.

Making New Friends
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Volunteering is a social activity that helps individuals connect with their community. It addresses feelings of isolation due to life changes, such as moving or losing a partner, and can build new friendships that help combat loneliness and foster a sense of belonging.

Improved Mental and Physical Health and Wellbeing
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Volunteering is linked to improved mental and physical health as the active engagement, both mentally and physically, contributes to overall well-being. The sense of purpose derived from helping others can also positively impact mental health.

Giving Something Back
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Volunteering offers an opportunity to reciprocate for support you may have received in the past and is a way of “paying it forward” and contributing to society.

Improving Confidence
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Volunteering can act as a confidence-building platform. It accommodates individuals who may have experienced setbacks in their lives, such as job loss or extended time off work and provides a supportive environment to rebuild confidence at your own pace.

Enjoyment and personal reward
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Volunteering should be enjoyable and personally rewarding. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach, emphasising the importance of finding the right volunteer opportunity and the focus should include the individual’s experience as being fulfilling

Projects that are actively looking for volunteers

Rediscovering the River Colne
Volunteers wading in the River Colne to clear it

Working with Watford Borough Council to help deliver their 10 year plan to improve the River Colne and its’ green corridor for local people and wildlife

Green Aiders

Groundwork Team Garden clearence

The Green Aiders programme helps older, disabled, or vulnerable adults in Hertfordshire take control of their overgrown gardens through a one-off gardening service.

Drop us a line if you’d like to find out more about volunteering with us