Gardening Volunteer – National Autistic Society Catrine

  • VO87856


Description

Why we need you

At the National Autistic Society in Catrine we support autistic adults to lead a happy, fulfilling life. As a part of that goal we want to grow and develop a sensory garden on our grounds, and that’s where we need your help!

The space has been used for growing fruit and veg until now, but we want to give it an overhaul and make it a beautiful sensory space for the people we support.

We are looking for people who have some spare time and would like to support our gardening activities.

Your help will be valued and appreciated. You can apply to volunteer for the role whether you come with lots of gardening experience and ideas for creating the space or less experience but a willing pair of hands and lots of enthusiasm.

What you will be doing

This role will include a wide range of gardening tasks including

General garden maintenance
Planting and pruning
Weeding
Looking after the tools, cleaning and putting them away at the end of the day
Provide advice on planting, what grows well where and when to plant etc
Developing the sensory space
Skills experience and qualities useful for the role (but not essential)

We are looking for someone with:

Good communication and interpersonal skills
Empathy, understanding and sensitive to the needs of others.
Interests in gardening and a general knowledge of maintaining a garden
Ability to volunteer within the boundaries of NAS policies, eg Safeguarding, Confidentiality, Lone Working etc
Reliable, consistent, dependable and trustworthy
You will need to provide 2 references and also complete a PVG check
When and where

2-3 hours each week (or more if you wish to) we can be flexible on days and times
Based at NAS Catrine Bank, Sorn Road, Catrine KA5 6NA
Support

Induction into the organisation and understanding autism training
Access to online training
Support from a line manager
Agreed expenses paid
What you could get out of it

Develop new skills and meet new people
Share your knowledge and experience
Satisfaction of making a difference in your local community and to the lives of the people we support
A worthwhile achievement to be proud of
Whilst we are able to make reasonable adjustments for volunteers you will need to be able to volunteer independently as we are not able to offer one to one support.

We seek applications from anyone interested in the role, but particularly welcome applications from those on the autism spectrum.

You need to live locally to do this role.

We process applications as we receive them, we will close the role when we recruit a suitable volunteer, consequently the role may close before the advertised closing date.

Organisation aims and objectives

The National Autistic Society exists to champion the rights and interests of all people with autism and to ensure that they and their families receive quality services appropriate to their needs.

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Frequency and commitment details

2-3 hours each week (or more if you wish to) we can be flexible on days and times

Restrictions

Experience required: Good communication and interpersonal skills Empathy, understanding and sensitive to the needs of others. Interests in gardening and a general knowledge of maintaining a garden Ability to volunteer within the boundaries of NAS policies, eg Safeguarding, Confidentiality, Lone Working etc Reliable, consistent, dependable and trustworthy You will need to provide 2 references and also complete a PVG check
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Agreed travel expenses paid
Training details: You will have access to our online modules including safeguarding and autism awareness

Last updated 3 months ago

Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.