Cyrenians (Bonnyrigg)

Cyrenians (Bonnyrigg)

Charity registered in Scotland SC011052

MCHG is an NHS Lothian initiative with a mission to make opportunities for good food and healthy lifestyles available to local communities.

•Gardening: growing and eating local food while building community and developing skills.
•Walks, workshops, events which encourage healthy eating and promote social inclusion.
•Advice and support for improving lifestyle through good food and good health.


Current opportunities

This will involve accompanying patients from the hospital ward into the garden, and helping lead group sessions that could include other volunteers and visitors, as well as one-to-one sessions if required. This will involve providing feedback to the Garden Coordinator, as well as staff from the hospital. The role will require flexibility, so that if a patient does not feel like doing structured activity, or wishes to spend time in a quiet space relaxing or simply enjoying being outside in a green environment, that is as important as completing an agreed task. Training in both horticultural skills, and awareness of the different needs of patients, such as mental ill health, learning disability, dementia etc, will be provided, as well as supervision from the Garden Coordinator.

The Midlothian Community Hospital Gardens (MCHG) is an NHS Lothian initiative with a mission to make opportunities for good food and healthy lifestyles available to local communities. Services include: •Gardening: growing and eating local food while building community and developing skills. •Walks, workshops, events, and a range of activities which encourage healthy eating and promote social inclusion. •Advice and support for those trying to improve their lives or the lives of others through the provision of good food and good health. The MCGH is for anyone who enjoys gardening or being outside. There are jobs to suit all abilities from: building rabbit-proof fencing; sowing, weeding and harvesting vegetables; constructing raised beds; tree and bulb planting. In due course there will be fresh vegetables to take home. We are open to: individuals; community, school and corporate groups; NHS patients and staff; third party charities; people experiencing physical or mental health problems.

This role is varied and can include gardening, joinery, landscaping, garden design and other tasks where talents lie. We are aiming to have 2 Activity Leaders available per day, who will attend a briefing with the Gardens Coordinator at the start of the day (9.30am). Activity Leaders will be responsible for coordinating tasks and ensuring risk management procedures are adhered to. Knowledge and experience of horticulture, landscaping, joinery, garden design is an advantage but not essential, and some training can be provided in this and other areas such as awareness of the different needs of patients and other people with support needs, such as mental ill health, learning disability, dementia etc, as well as supervision from the Gardens Coordinator.

This role can include planned visits, such as staff/patients, schools, corporate team challenges, community groups, or simply groups and individuals wishing to find out more about what we offer. The role involves showing people around the gardens, telling them about the history of the project, our aims, and typical daily activities, as well as handing out publicity. Another key task is asking visitors to sign the visitor book, and ask them for any feedback on their visit to the garden, preferably written down, as well as taking photos etc. where appropriate. Knowledge and experience of horticulture is an advantage, but training can be provided in this and other areas such as awareness of the different needs of patients and other people with support needs, such as mental ill health, learning disability, dementia etc, as well as supervision from the Gardens Coordinator.