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.
- 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.
Car parking for the volunteer?
Secure bicycle parking?
Near public transport?
How much time?
A few hours a month
What times and days of the week?
All of these times
Additional timing details
One day a fortnight, every other Monday
Gardening / Outdoor work
Will suit someone like this:
Prefers a specific roleLikes team workFollowerWants to get out and aboutEnjoys working outsideLikes to get hands dirtyPhysically fit
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Volunteer Induction, Manual Handling, Safeguarding Training and tool briefing.
Description of support
Named person as main contact, and named contact in the form of the Lead Gardener for every day you are volunteering.
Description of expenses
Travel expenses to and from start point
Will I need my own transportation?
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Are references required?
Will there be an interview?
Are they properly insured?
Do they need a specific gender?
How many volunteers needed?