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Assist our Horticultural Therapists!

Gardening / Outdoor work volunteers needed for Thrive in RG7

We’re looking for client support volunteers to assist the client gardeners and horticultural therapists at our garden in Beech Hill near Reading.

Working directly with our clients, volunteers support our horticultural therapists in delivering a high level of service to client gardeners with a disability or ill health. Our client gardeners come to our gardening programmes with a range of disabilities and health conditions and the programmes they follow vary from general gardening to working towards horticultural qualifications.

The role involves:

  • Working alongside client gardeners encouraging, talking, demonstrating, or guiding the individuals to a greater or lesser extent depending on their needs – sowing seeds, watering, planting out, weeding, digging, hoeing, mowing, pruning.
  • Watching out for the Health and Safety of those you are working with.
  • Helping to clear up after gardeners have left, briefing therapists on progress or any issues relating to the clients you have worked with.

Volunteers should be able to attend one day a week for a minimum of 6 months, 9.45am – 3.15pm.

Organisation
Contact person firstname
Sue Garner, Client Services Coordinator
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
0118 988 4844
Contact instructions?
During office hours
Location address line 1
The Geoffrey Udall Centre
Line 2
Trunkwell Park
Line 3
Beech Hill Road
Town
Reading
County
Berkshire
Postcode
RG7 2AT

Map
Wheelchair accessible?
Yes
Car parking for the volunteer?
Yes
Secure bicycle parking?
Yes
Near public transport?
Not specified
How much time?
Part-time
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMTue AMTue PMWed AMWed PMThu AMThu PMFri AMFri PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
9.45 - 3.15
Task type?
Gardening / Outdoor work
Will suit someone like this:
Good sense of humourSociablePatientSupportiveEnjoys working outsideEmotionally robust
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Induction and training in Safeguarding vulnerable adults, Health and Safety, Manual handling etc
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
Volunteer team meetings, newsletters and support from staff and other volunteers
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
For travel up to a maximum of £15 per day
Will I need my own transportation?
Yes
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?
5

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