Dementia Friendly Volunteer Gardener

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We need you!

We are looking for a friendly and reliable individual to join our Hospice team as a Dementia Friendly Volunteer Gardener.

We have quite a number of volunteer gardeners from our wider community. However we are also looking for individuals who have an interest and/or understanding of people living with dementia to become St Clare’s Dementia Friendly Gardening Volunteers.

You must be able and willing to work and support those living with dementia at a weekly activity group located close to our Community Space. As you will work with the St Clare Hospice Namaste Project Coordinator to support the facilitation of Dementia friendly practical gardening activities that will help enhance wellbeing and give a sense of purpose.

Activities could include potting, weeding, sweeping, growing and creating items in conjunction with other community engagement groups such as the St Clare Men’s Shed and Arts and Craft groups. During inclement weather and winter months activities will be held inside in St Clare Community Space and will be nature/garden related.

Please note, training will be provided to support you in this role further.

What are the key tasks of a St Clare Dementia Friendly Volunteer Gardener?

  • Facilitate gardening activities for those living with dementia to keep occupied.
  • Keep a designated dementia friendly gardening area tidy.
  • Engage those living with dementia in seasonal activities throughout the year.
  • Work with other community groups such as Men’s Shed and Arts and Crafts to produce items for people to take home or use as fundraising items.

Working hours: 3 hours weekly (with set up and tidy away time included), every Thursday from 9.30am – 12.30pm, in this all year round project.

What skills, experience or personal qualities will I need as a Dementia Friendly Volunteer Gardener?

  • An interest/understanding of people living with dementia.
  • Clear and sensitive communication skills.
  • You do not need a horticultural qualification but having some experience of maintaining a garden or allotment would be desirable.
  • Be happy to work under instruction as necessary, in a team.
  • Reliable.

The difference the Dementia Friendly Volunteer Gardener role makes to St Clare Hospice…

Your support will help us meet our strategic aims of:

  1. Reaching significantly more people who are facing death, dying and loss in our local communities.
  2. Supporting our communities to become more resilient, to support each other and to remain independent for as long as possible.
  3. Seeking partnerships with other organisations to deliver better care for our patients.

Underpinning our core Values

By volunteering with us, you’ll be part of a community that celebrates St Clare Hospice’s core values of compassion, integrity, respect, excellence and team work. Everyone who is a part of the St Clare team is expected to embody this approach to their work, ensuring that our Hospice can continue improving and meeting the needs of local people facing death, dying and loss.

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More information

For more information about this role, including: the benefits you can expect when joining our Hospice; the training and support you will be given in your role; and other details about volunteering with St Clare, please read the full Volunteer Role Description.

Please click here to read more about the Dementia Friendly Volunteer Gardener role.

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