Memory Planters Volunteer

  • VO77445


Memory Planters is a new project that aims to support people with dementia to do hands on gardening. We are working in partnership with Newbattle Abbey College and using their community garden and expertise so that people with dementia can plant and grow their own produce, can create herb gardens and flower tubs to take home and can gain the benefit of being outside in a beautiful and supportive environment. Volunteers will work alongside people with dementia, supporting them to get the greatest benefit from the experience. No gardening expertise is necessary, you can learn alongside the participants! You will also have the opportunity to support people with dementia to take part in ‘Christmas at Newbattle’ and in an end of year celebration event.

Organisation aims and objectives

To provide services, information, advice and support for people with Dementia and their carers who reside in Midlothian.










There are 2 ten week sessions per year: volunteers can participate weekly or fortnightly so either 25 hours over ten weeks or 12.5 hours over 10 weeks both x 2


Experience required: You don’t have to have any previous experience. We are looking for helpful, enthusiastic people who work well in a team and are keen to make Memory Planters a great experience for all involved.
Travel details: Newbattle Abbey College has ample parking for visitors. In addition the x95 bus stops at the College entrance. The College is a 25 minute walk from the centre of Dalkeith
Minimum age: 16


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Volunteers can claim public transport rates and mileage @42p per mile. Volunteers are reimbursed monthly.
Training details: A broad induction is provided to support volunteers to understand more about dementia and think about the content and parameters of their role. Ongoing training as required, and training in gardening skills through the support of the participants. Regular support and supervision.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

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