Support & Therapy Horticultural Volunteer

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A volunteer is required to run their ‘Grow Group’ which supports and enables patients who have an interest in horticulture, that are unable to enjoy this interest due to their illness. The project is aimed at any patients who wish to share their knowledge and expertise or patients who want to join in and enjoy the positive experience.
The role will require the volunteer to discuss and make an appropriate plan, with Support and Therapy Sister, a member of the therapist’s team and the activity support worker for the group to work towards for the coming year. The volunteer will be expected to set up and clear away equipment used for any of the Grow Group sessions, and work closely alongside permanent staff whilst supporting patients within the group.

About the organisation

Kirkwood Hospice cares for the terminally ill and provides holistic care.

What are they looking for?

Essential & Desirable experience:
No previous knowledge of their service is necessary, it is essential the applicant is of a patient nature and is confident at assisting with patient equipment such as wheelchairs. Training can be provided in areas where the volunteer is lacking experience. A good all round knowledge of growing and taking care of plants from seeds, to harvesting salads, fruit & vegetables as well as plants for tubs and window boxes would be required.

Date and details

Day required: Thursday afternoons
Time: 12:45pm – 3:45pm

The objectives of the group is to offer activity based opportunity for peer support, to offer an opportunity for patients to share and learn, develop or maintain skills and to offer an opportunity for participants to engage in group or individual projects. The successful volunteer would be working closely with and alongside service users and work under the guidance of and managed by Sister Elaine Gill or the qualified nurse on duty at the time of the shift. The post will be ongoing and be reviewed at regular 6 monthly intervals. Applicants would be required to attend for informal interview and if successful attend induction prior to starting.

How to apply

Contact: Sister Elaine Gill
elaine.gill@kirkwoodhospice.co.uk
01484 557900