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Help older people gain from the therapeutic benefits a well maintained garden brings

Gardening / Outdoor work volunteers needed for Age UK Reading

Age UK Reading are currently piloting a gardening service in Southcote as we recognise the great therapeutic benefits of a well maintained garden. Sadly, as people get older they may find the garden becomes difficult to stay on top of and it can then go from being a source of relaxing space to a stressful problem. We are working with local gardening charity Food 4 Families to try to provide a friendly, reasonably priced and trusted gardening service that not only helps people with their gardening but actively works to offer other support and signposting that Age UK Reading can provide.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Carry out basic garden maintenance tasks such as mowing, tidying, edging, hedge cutting
  • work in a team with other volunteer gardeners and the Lead Gardener
  • be responsible for arriving promptly at the locations where your help is needed
  • be a friendly and cheerful “people person”.
  • essential Knowledge and skills.

Able to do basic physical garden maintenance tasks as described above.
PC literate to the point you can email
Able to travel to gardening locations.
Prepared to receive relevant training.

Organisation
Contact person firstname
Matt Taylor, Chief Officer
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
0118 950 2480

Map
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Not specified
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Not specified
How much time?
A few hours a month
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PM
Availability required
All of these times
Additional timing details
One day a fortnight, every other Monday
Task type?
Gardening / Outdoor work
Will suit someone like this:
Prefers a specific roleFollowerWants to get out and aboutEnjoys working outsidePhysically fit
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
No
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Volunteer Induction, Manual Handling, Safeguarding Training and tool briefing.
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
Named person as main contact, and named contact in the form of the Lead Gardener for every day you are volunteering.
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
Travel expenses to and from start point
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Yes
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
10
Opportunity added on
13 February 2017

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