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Volunteer Gardener

London, Greater London (On-site)
Unpaid role, expenses paid
Job description

MHA is the largest charity care provider for older people in the UK. Our mission is to inspire the best care and wellbeing at every stage of later life. At Lawnfield House Care Home we provide residential dementia care for 41 residents

As a Volunteer Gardener, you’ll help us make the most of the outdoor space at our home for the enjoyment of our residents. You’ll help with small gardening tasks that may vary each week and depending on the season. You’ll also have opportunities to support residents to access the garden and enjoy light gardening tasks such as potting plants.

Main tasks and responsibilities: 

Main tasks include but not limited to:

  • Lawn mowing
  • Tidying flower beds
  • Weeding
  • Planting
  • Pruning
  • Raking leaves

You must:

  • Comply with health and safety legislation and be familiar with and to adhere MHA’s Health and Safety Policies. This includes being aware of manual handling hazards and following manual handling and other risk assessments.
  • Liaise with the person who supports you before undertaking tasks that haven’t been agreed in advance.
  • Inform your named contact if there are any changes in your circumstances that affect your ability to continue with volunteering.

Benefits for you:

  • Help improve the quality of life for older people
  • Support your community
  • Keep socially active
  • Be part of a friendly team
  • Promote your physical and mental wellbeing

Skills and qualities needed:

  • Some gardening knowledge and skills, although this can be basic
  • Have a passion for gardening
  • Patience, empathy and understanding of the needs of older people
  • Good communication and people skills
  • Enthusiasm
  • Reliable and punctual
  • Clear sense of personal boundaries and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • A willingness to engage with training and development

Training, support, and requirements:

  • You need to be aged 18 or over
  • A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and two character references are required
  • We will provide you with a full induction for the role
  • Training on safeguarding, health and safety and other training relevant to the role
  • Ongoing support from a named contact

Times and Commitment:

  • Days and times are flexible between Monday-Friday- 8am-6pm. Minimum of two hours a week.
  • We ask you to be able to commit on a regular basis for a minimum of six months

Location: Coverdale Road, Willesden, London, NW2 4DJ

*Please note- we can only accept applications from UK residents*



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MHA- Methodist Homes View profile Company size Size: 501 - 1000
Posted on: 04 April 2024
Closed date: 03 July 2024 at 23:59
Tags: Social Care / Development

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