Support Volunteer

  • VO57362


To help encourage people with learning/physical disabilities to grow, harvest and prepare vegetables and herbs, and to learn how to use them in healthy recipes.

Help and encourage in the planting and care of vegetables and herbs - basic gardening skills - supporting those with learning/physical disabilities or mental health problems to do this to give them a healthier diet and the chance for social interaction with others. With facilities provided by local groups to support service users in preparing and incorporating what they have grown into their own diets. Helping with this in local facilities under guidance from chefs/cooks. Also some garden maintenance for these local facilities within their own grounds as a thank you for their input.

Volunteers who have some knowledge of basic gardening an advantage but not essential, physical fitness needed up to a point as it is outdoor work and they will need to show what is needed to be done. Most important is patience, tolerance and understanding of the effect of learning disability or mental health issues on a person, and training will be given to help volunteers in this. An interest in helping socially isolated individuals find a place in the community would help, an ability to work 1:1 but within a group setting, top of all is a good sense of humour in dealing with people covered in mud in the pouring rain, but to be sensitive around sensitive areas. No particular experience is necessary, people skills are the most important

Organisation aims and objectives

Its purposes are the advancement of health and the relief of those suffering disadvantage through providing opportunities for therapeutic gardening and healthy cooking/eating, initially aimed at those with Learning Disabilities and Mental Health issues or those facing other forms of disadvantage. initially in the Hawick area. An area of land has been identified for the garden/allotment site, at the Katherine Elliot Centre in Hawick, and the next stage is to develop this land.










Would prefer someone who can commit for months at a time, but aware that some can volunteer and find it is not what they expected so leave


Experience required: Basic gardening knowledge an advantage but not essential. Patience, tolerance and understanding of the effect of learning disability or mental health issues on a person. Good sense of humour.
Travel details: In the grounds of Katherine Elliot Centre in Hawick, good bus service and parking available


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Reasonable travel expenses paid monthly
Training details: Basic training re LD, challenging behaviours, risks associated with individuals (if any).
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

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