Volunteer Gardener/Handyman

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The William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre provides the only residential assessment and treatment centre in Scotland for adults with epilepsy. The Centre is an Independent Hospital operated by Quarriers Charity providing services to patients and clinicians across Scotland. The modern, 12 bed in-patient facility provides flexible, patient-centred residential assessment for adults aged 16 years and over. The Centre also operates the onsite William Quarrier Conference Centre which has a variety of meeting rooms let out to many different client groups ranging from the NHS, local businesses to other charities.

Client Group
Patients aged 16+ years who are admitted for up to 4 weeks at a time for seizure assessment and evaluation. These patients may have additional medical issues and support needs as well as seizure activity. Also any people attending meetings or events in the conference side of the building that you might come into contact with.

Purpose Of The Role
Do you have:

  1. An interest in gardening, and would you like to improve the patient experience of those within an epilepsy assessment Centre?
  2. Would you like to help out around the building doing odd jobs to support the facilities team?

If you enjoy gardening and doing handyman jobs, and would like to share your interests, then this is the role for you!
Your support will make a huge difference to the lives of the patients we support.

Main Tasks
To maintain and develop our central courtyard garden area and rear and side bed areas with support from interested patients who are in the Centre at that time. This would include:
• Weeding
• Planting/potting up plants
• Watering flower beds
• Re-soiling/seeding
• Maintaining the plants/general garden tidy
• Providing any advice on making the garden look nice

Handyman Tasks:
To carry out odd jobs as required. This will be varied but might include such things as:
• Putting up coat hooks
• Fixing cupboard doors
• Patch up paint jobs
• General domestic maintenance
• Moving furniture

Where & When
At the William Quarrier Scottish Epilepsy Centre in Govan. Ideally for a morning or afternoon one or two days a week depending on the volunteer’s availability. Weekend volunteering would also be considered if this was preferable.

Commitment Required
To get the most out of the role and see developments in the garden throughout spring, summer, autumn and winter it would be good if you could commit for a year. The minimum commitment we would ask though would be 6 months if possible. However, it is ultimately up to you how long you would like to volunteer.

What Are The Benefits
• Gaining experience in supporting staff
• We give our volunteers a sense of family, together transforming the lives of the vulnerable people we care for and support
• Gaining new experiences and learn new skills
• Build confidence and gain a sense of achievement
• Improved physical and mental health wellbeing
• Free training and development
• Adding to your CV
• Trying something new and meet new people
• Have fun!

Selection Procedure
Volunteer application form, references, interview, and PVG check. The volunteer will be required to work within the Centre’s local policies and Quarriers standards.

Disabled Access
Full disabled access throughout the building.

Organisation aims and objectives

Quarriers is a Scottish charity providing practical support and care for children, adults and families. We challenge poverty and inequality of opportunity and choice, to bring about positive change in people's lives. Quarriers operates 127 Projects throughout Scotland and South-West England. They vary greatly, due to the wide variety of needs that we address but include group homes and supported living services for people with physical and learning disabilities, support services and Scotland's only residential assessment service for people with complex forms of epilepsy; a residential and day school and community based projects for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties; hostels and support services for young homeless people; family centres; respite and long term care for children with a range of disabilities and other difficulties and support services for carers.


As this is a practical hands on role with some manual handling the volunteer should be in good physical health.
Experience required: • Some basic knowledge of gardening and an interest in making our outdoor space a pleasant area for patients to spend time in • Supportive, patient and warm approach • Basic DIY skills to help around the building
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: All agreed travel and out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.
Taster available: Yes
Taster details: Can be arranged to meet with staff for a chat to find out more about the role.
Training details: All relevant training will be provided and support from a member of staff.

Last updated 5 months ago