Volunteer Gardener (Job Ref: 19960)

Position Categories: Full Time, new, South East, Voluntary

Location: Tilehurst, Reading

Salary: Voluntary

Closing Date: 13 September 2018

Short Job Description:

About the Service: 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. Many service users have been interested in growing things over the years and following their recent feedback we’d like to recruit a volunteer to support in running regular gardening groups.

Purpose of the role: 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.

Suggested Time Commitment: We ask that interested applicants are available to volunteer for two hours each week between Monday and Friday.

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