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Help support our residents to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of gardening

Gardening / Outdoor work volunteer needed for Creative Support in RG30

As a Volunteer Gardener, you will work with and support the residents to maintain the garden and encourage them to enjoy the therapeutic aspects of gardening. The general upkeep of the garden is completed by the housing provider’s gardener, so the intention of this role is to help in sharing enthusiasm and expertise in light gardening activities while encouraging service users to participate.

Our residents would also love to develop a ‘sensory garden’ with scented herbs and flowers, which the Volunteer Gardener will support staff to create with input from residents.

This is a rewarding opportunity for someone with a love of gardening who would like to use their great communication skills and compassionate nature to make a difference in their local community.

Our Chimney Court Extra Care service in Tilehurst supports older people with a wide range of needs. We promote the wellbeing and social inclusion of our residents by offering a timetable of different activities and events for them to enjoy together. At a recent meeting there was interest in improving and maintaining the garden area of the service, however, residents explained that they weren’t always able to carry out the watering or weeding due to their mobility.

Our gardens include bird feeders, potted plants, raised beds and grassed areas.

Organisation
Contact person firstname
Katie Flint, Activities and Development Officer
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
07794 083862
Location address line 1
Chimney Court
Line 2
Shilling Close
Town
Reading
Postcode
RG30 4EN

Map
Wheelchair accessible?
Yes
Car parking for the volunteer?
Yes
Secure bicycle parking?
Yes
Near public transport?
Yes
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMTue AMTue PMWed AMWed PMThu AMThu PMFri AMFri PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Task type?
Gardening / Outdoor work
Will suit someone like this:
Prefers a regular scheduleSelf organised/motivatedHappy to work soloPatientSupportiveWants to get out and aboutEnjoys working outsidePhysically fit
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
We have a full training rota accessible to staff and volunteers. Full induction will be given. We have been accredited with the Investors in Volunteers award.
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
Regular contact with staff and scheduled supervision sessions.
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
Reasonable travel expenses reimbursed.
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?
1
Opportunity added on
22 June 2018

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