Evolve Gardening Volunteer

Health and social care | Healthy living | People and communities | Homelessness and housing

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Location: Evolve Housing & Support, Croydon, Cr0 2sd (see map)

Travel: West Croydon station. Sumner Road bus stop.

Start date: Ongoing

What will I be doing?

  • Support our customers in transforming the communal gardens
  • Build and maintain vegetable and herb plots with customers
  • Maintain and improve the overall look of the garden with customers
  • Make the garden are more useful and productive space for everyone
  • Create an environment where customers feel safe and comfortable to talk about their wellbeing in a relaxed environment.
  • Signpost customers to existing services that might support their mental health and wellbeing.
    Debrief with staff after an activity about the wellbeing of customers.
    Work with customers and staff to help prepare, run and tidy away activities.
    Make a note of who attended activities.
    Complete inductions and any necessary training
    Work with other staff as necessary
    Support the work of Evolve
a garden fork

a garden fork

What impact will this have?

  • Providing a range of activities and opportunities for customers to be involved and run activities in the place where they live, allowing customers to be more active, make connections and feel comfortable is a key way to support their mental health and wellbeing.
  • Gardening can provide customers opportunities to learn new skills, socialise, be active, reduce isolation and improve wellbeing and mental health.
  • Supporting our customers in transforming and maintaining the communal garden areas can allow customers to have open conversations about their wellbeing and mental health in a relaxed and safe environment

When are you needed?

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Commitment

  • We suggest once a week or once a fortnight for a morning or afternoon, which might include prep time, activities, tidying up and debriefing with staff.
  • The role is flexible however once a timetable is agreed we would like volunteers to be able to maintain their schedule as customers can quickly lose interest if advertised activities are not run.

What else do I need to know?

  • We also have services in Kensington & Chelsea that have garden areas.

Expenses

  • Travel expenses within zones 1-6 (or as otherwise agreed) and lunch expenses if volunteering over 4 hours per day

Background checks

  • A DBS check is required

About the organisation:

Additional Information

What skills will be useful?
  • Interpersonal
  • Listening
  • Team working
  • Practical
  • Gardening
  • Outdoor work
What skills can I gain?
  • Charity
  • Interpersonal
  • Listening
  • Practical
  • Gardening

Training

  • A full, site-specific induction
  • Experience working within the charity sector
  • Ongoing supervision and support from Project Staff
    Travel expenses within zones 1-6 (or as otherwise agreed) and lunch expenses if working over 4 hours per day

Location

Evolve Housing & Support, Croydon, Cr0 2sd

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