We are a small charity providing horticultural therapy to military veterans and emergency services personnel with mental health challenges. An essential part of the sessions is the social experience of meal times and coffee breaks. We are looking for support in our kitchen, cooking lunches for groups of up to a dozen people per day. We would like our veterans to be able to recreate recipes in their own homes so simple meals and one-pot recipes are ideal.
We encourage all our volunteers to engage with our veterans in sessions, but this role would be focussed mainly on running and managing the kitchen. This would free up staff and horticulture volunteers to focus on the veterans in the garden.
We can provide the training required to work with veterans with mental health problems. We need you to bring enthusiasm, and some culinary experience.
Volunteering at DTG will involve working with veterans under the guidance of Horticultural Therapy Staff during gardening sessions. You will be expected to reinforce positive lifestyle messages within the therapeutic programme and support veterans during their therapeutic sessions, including maintaining a tidy and secure working environment. We are keen that our volunteers support other therapeutic activities such as cooking, when appropriately qualified/ trained.
Our volunteers are important to provide positive civilian role models for veterans and where necessary, may be asked to support veterans on excursions from the garden site. All volunteers will be supported by staff and debriefed after each session. This will allow time to report any concerns regarding the veterans’ behaviour or mental health to HT staff.
This role presents a good opportunity to develop skills and experience in supporting people with mental health problems whilst learning about therapeutic gardening. We can offer training in First Aid and food handling. We will provide DBS clearance.