Volunteer Gardener and Facilities Assistant

Leeds, West Yorkshire (On-site)
Unpaid role, expenses paid

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Job description

Candlelighters provides practical, emotional, and financial support to every family affected by childhood cancer in Yorkshire. We support around 150 new families each year and our work ensure the whole family unit is supported in these extraordinary circumstances. 

We support children and their families from diagnosis and throughout their journey, including financial support, practical help in hospital, much needed breaks, as well as emotional and well-being support for the whole family at The Square (our family support centre) and in local communities across Yorkshire.  

We are looking for an experienced gardener or handy person to help plan and maintain the gardens and ensure they provide a relaxing and peaceful environment for families to enjoy all year round.​

Purpose of the Role and Key Activities 

  • Planting, weeding, and pruning as needed 
  • Clearing and maintaining paths 
  • Other practical tasks to keep the gardens looking there best 
  • Looking after garden equipment  
  • Planning what plants or equipment is needed 
  • Occasionally overseeing volunteers helping with ‘one-off’ gardening activities or projects. 
  • Supporting our Facilities Officer in general duties around our other buildings. 

We are looking for a volunteer who: 

  • Is an experienced gardener (professional experience preferred but not essential)
  • Has a knowledge of plant and flower care 
  • Has a good level of fitness and is able to meet the physically demanding aspects of the role  
  • Has a good understanding of relevant health and safety issues 
  • Is prepared to work outside in various weather 
  • Can manage own emotions and interact professionally and unobtrusively with children and families using the gardens  
  • Is comfortable visiting the hospital  
  • Is able to oversee ‘one-off’ volunteers assisting with gardening projects/activities 
  • Can follow Candlelighters and hospital policies and procedures, including health and safety, confidentiality, professional boundaries and safeguarding. 

This role is subject to a criminal record check. 

This role is not suitable for family members whose child is currently receiving treatment for childhood cancer.  This is to ensure they are given the best possible care and support without any potential conflict of interest. Other volunteering opportunities can be found on our website. 

Support and Benefits 

  • Thorough induction & training to give you the confidence to perform your role well and to the best of your ability 
  • Opportunity to develop new and existing skills to help you beyond your involvement with Candlelighters 
  • Ongoing support from the Family Support and HR teams 
  • The opportunity to meet lots of new, friendly people 
  • The opportunity to expose yourself to new experiences 
  • Certain expenses to be reimbursed as agreed with your Volunteer Supervisor, in accordance with our Expenses policy 
  • Regular reviews with your Volunteer Supervisor to help you develop in your role 
  • Satisfaction in knowing you are making a valuable contribution to supporting children and families affected by childhood cancer 
  • We can be a reference once you’ve volunteered for three months 
  • Access to the mental health hotline 
  • Charity Worker Discount card 
  • Access to The Company Shop 
More about Candlelighters

Each year, an average of 150 children are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire. Candlelighters provides practical, emotional and financial suppor...

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Refreshed on: 09 December 2023
Closing date: 23 January 2024 at 23:59
Tags: Vocational/Services

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