Community Volunteers - Community Volunteer Gardener
Community Volunteer Gardener
Volunteer Gardeners can be a vital ‘helping hand’ for many people who are struggling to maintain their garden for a whole variety of reasons, sometimes health-related. Volunteer support may be short-term (e.g. if someone is recovering from an illness or operation) or an on-going need. Our volunteers make a real difference to someone’s life – even if just a smile and a chat!
The time commitment of our Volunteer Gardeners is flexible, depending on what suits our volunteers and the people we help and the weather!
Volunteers are reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses – our mileage allowance is in line with HMRC recommended amounts.
We are aiming to have a number of Volunteer Gardeners spread throughout Blackburn with Darwen.
This role requires an enhanced DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly criminal records bureau check) and 2 satisfactory character references.
- On receipt of activity from the Volunteer Co-ordinator, the volunteer will contact client to introduce them self and make all necessary arrangements to visit (to find out more about gardening activity and to agree frequency / timing of support).
- The volunteer is required to report the outcome of the activity to the Volunteer Co-ordinator (in line with local Service Policy).
- It is important for volunteers to advise the Volunteer Co-ordinator if they feel a client is not eligible for the Service.
- Volunteers can claim out-of-pocket expenses in line with Service Volunteer Expenses Policy
- Volunteers must Log volunteering hours (in line with local Service Policy - on-line system available).
Volunteers must notify the Volunteer Co-ordinator of any times when they are unavailable to attend their usual commitment, e.g. holiday, personal commitment.
- Be interested in gardening and being outdoors; physical fitness.
- Have good listening and communication skills.
- Be caring, empathic, sensitive, patience and tactful.
- Reliable, honest and punctual.
- Understanding of confidentiality.
- Be able to work alone and as part of a volunteer team attending meetings when required.
- Have a willingness to learn.
- Be able to positively promote the role & service.
Knowledge of the local community would be an advantage.
- Induction training
- Ongoing supervision with Volunteer Co-ordinator key contact (frequency to be agreed, depending on type and hours of volunteer activity / volunteer experience, skills and background.
- Ongoing training based on needs identified through supervision; peer volunteer meetings.
This activity generally occurs on
- Monday - All Day
- Tuesday - All Day
- Wednesday - All Day
- Thursday - All Day
- Friday - All Day
- Saturday - All Day
- Sunday - All Day