Bloom - Volunteer Gardening Buddy

Volunteer Gardening Buddy Work with adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities to support them to carry out general gardening activities. Such as weeding, planting, digging, harvesting, craft, other socially distanced activities.
Duration: Ongoing
When can volunteers volunteer? Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

This grid shows when you can volunteer for this organisation. E.G Monday morning.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Tasks the volunteer will be required to do:

Operating hours
Monday – Friday 9am - 4pm
Hours to suit from 4+ hours per week.

Working outdoors or in undercover in the Polytunnel. There is plenty of well-ventilated and outdoor space.
All government Covid measures are in place.

• Carrying out a range of allotment duties
• Supporting adults with a learning disability to access nature inspired person centred activities, including planting, growing, harvesting, site safety and craft activities.
• Following Health and Safety standards including appropriate use of equipment also ensuring it is well maintained and kept clean.

Personal Skills and Qualities required
• To be committed, reliable and motivated
• To enjoy working outdoors
• To enjoy physical work
• To be able to work in a team
• To be willing to attend relevant training
• To comply with relevant Health and Safety Policies and Procedures
• To maintain and respect confidentiality at all times
• To adhere to our Covid-19 safety measures and government legislation

Benefits to the Volunteer
• Quality work experience
• A good step into training, education or employment
• Make new friends and meet new people
• Increase skills, knowledge and confidence
• Work within a committed team
• Reference available
• Travel expenses

Skill and Qualifications Required:

Working with people with mild to moderate learning disabilities

Areas of Interest: Community, Disability, Environment, Health and wellbeing
Opportunity suitable for: Long term commitment, Micro, Older people, Outdoor, People seeking work, Short term commitment, University students, With friends
What activities will the volunteer do? Befriending, DIY/odd jobs, Gardening, Lending a helping hand, Outdoors
Skills gained in this role: Cleaning and tidying, Organising, Outdoor work, Talking to others, Teamwork
Home based opportunity? No
DBS Check Required: No
Opportunity Accessibility: Clearly marked accessible parking spaces, Step free access clearly signposted into the building, Accessible toilets

About the host organisation

Hosted by: The Leap Children and Family Centre
Organisation Profile: Leap provides charitable services for children & families. We have an onsite Pre-School, Family Contact Services, Creche & Early Learning Provision. We have Greenscape which is a grounds maintenance service which provides adult daycare & as a Social Enterprise supports the charitable work of the organisation. We have volunteer opportunities for Reading mentor, Greenscape operatives, To work with children/families and reception/admin.
Charity number: 1099806