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Share your love and knowledge of gardening while giving back to the local community

Gardening / Outdoor work volunteers needed for Creative Support in RG1

We are seeking volunteer Gardening Assistants as part of our supported living scheme for service users with mental health needs. The service has a fantastic outdoor space where we run a gardening group, currently attended by up to 10 people a week. The group is a valuable opportunity for our service users to learn a new skill and have a different focus than their mental health. With the support of volunteers, we aim to expand the gardening group and encourage more service users to get involved.

As a Volunteer Gardening Assistant, you will assist service users and staff with the running of our weekly gardening group, The Gardening Bloomers. As someone with a friendly, approachable nature you will encourage and support our service users to take part in gardening activities to develop new skills, improve their wellbeing and socialise with others. Together, you will work in collaboration with our service users to develop a green space that everyone at the service can enjoy.

The gardening activities will include potting plants, carrying pots and using gardening tools and equipment, so this role would particularly suit someone who has experience in maintaining their own garden. Occasionally, if the weather is particularly rainy the gardening group will enjoy alternative garden-themed activities such as visiting local garden centres or meeting to discuss future plans for the garden.

This is a great opportunity for someone wanting to share their love and knowledge of gardening while giving back to their local community and working with adults with mental health needs.

Organisation
Contact person firstname
Georgina Da Silva, Development Officer
Lastname
Contact person's position
Mobile?
07875222046
Location address line 1
Bourne Stevens Close
Town
Reading
Postcode
RG1 4JB

Map
Wheelchair accessible?
No
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 AM
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
The group runs weekly from 10am-12pm.
Task type?
Gardening / Outdoor work
Will suit someone like this:
Prefers a specific rolePrefers a regular scheduleGood sense of humourSociablePatientWants to get out and aboutEnjoys working outside
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.
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
16
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
2
Opportunity added on
19 April 2018

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