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Young People
Our Offer...
















We can help if you are aged between 16-24 and you feel you are at a disadvantage in some way. Such as...

  • you are at risk of dropping out of education, employment or training.

  • you are not in education, employment or training.

  • you may have additional needs such as ADHD, autism, dyslexia.

  • you are suffering with poor mental health e.g. anxiety, depression.

Our 12 month paid work placement

At Sunshine Sunflower Foundation we offer young people an opportunity to take part in a 12 month paid work placement in horticulture. 

Founder and landscape gardener, Ian Lumb works as a volunteer for the charity to help young people make the transition to the world of work through gardening in and around HD8 are of Huddersfield. 

  • We can offer up to two days a week with age related pay whilst you attend college for the other days.

  • We can offer up to two days a week age related pay and you could work as a volunteer on the others days or not - it's up to you!

  • If you are 16 or 17 we can pay £5.28 now and £6.40 from April 2024.

  • If you are 18,19 or 20 we can pay £7.49 now and £8.60 from April 2024.

  • If you are 21 or 22 we can pay £10.18 now and £11.44 from April 2024.

  • If you are 23 or 24 we can pay £10.42 now and £11.44 from April 2024.

Please note: The maximum you can earn is £123 per week because the charity is unable to pay PAYE (Tax and National Insurance Contributions).

You can choose to work any day each week or stick to a routine. We meet at 8.30 am in a morning in Shepley HD8 8DH. We tend to work until 4;00 pm in the winter months and 5.30 pm in the summer months. You do not need to drive or own your own car, as you will be taken to each garden in an insurance vehicle. 

We provide all personal protective equipment such as a warm high visibility jacket, safety boots, gloves, ear and eye protection. After your induction you will given on-the-job training in health and safety, use of gardening tools and horticulture. You will be working in clients gardens in and around HD8 areas of Huddersfield. We therefore require you to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate (DBS) and based on this and a face-to-face interview we risk assess your needs and get you started!

At the end of your time at Sunshine Sunflower Foundation you will have your own e-portfolio which provides a strong evidence base at guaranteed interviews at local garden centres, nurseries and landscaping businesses. If you are interested in self-employment, Sunshine Sunflower Foundation offers transitional support to establish gardening businesses, nestled in your own community. 

If you are interested please get in touch with Debbie Lumb on 07904 813646 or email

You can also download our application form here 


07904 813646



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