Alive is the UK’s leading charity enriching the lives of older people in care and training their carers. We are seeking a talented individual to lead Ad Hoc social and therapeutic horticulture workshops with older people in care homes, including people living with dementia. Workshop activities will include horticulture, growing fruit, vegetables and flowers to wildlife/nature based activities and nature based crafts. Facilitators will encourage a sense of purpose and achievement, stimulating and facilitating social interaction, engagement and reminiscence within the groups.
This is an amazing opportunity to join a vibrant and innovative charity, and to bring enjoyment and vitality to some of the most vulnerable older people in our communities.
The role will suit someone with a passion for life, who is in touch with their extrovert side and able to connect easily with others. Experience of facilitating groups and working with vulnerable adults is essential.
You will need access to a car and be happy and able to travel around Bristol and the surrounding counties on a regular basis to deliver workshops. Variable hours contract for up to 2 days per week (Tuesday to Friday). Hours are not guaranteed. We are looking for someone with flexibility to cover sessions on an ad hoc basis, cover holidays and work some Thursday afternoons.
• To enable older people and people with dementia living in care homes to take part in social and therapeutic horticulture activities. Workshop activities will include horticulture, growing fruit, vegetables and flowers to wildlife/nature based activities and nature based crafts.
• Social and therapeutic horticulture activities - group facilitation
• Leading social and therapeutic horticulture groups taking responsibility for the design and delivery of activity sessions, the successful engagement of participants, and the supervision of volunteers.
• Encourage a sense of purpose and achievement, stimulating and facilitating social interaction, engagement and reminiscence within the groups.
• Working with the team to design new and engaging person centred horticultural activities adapted to the needs of our client group.
• Contributing to the development of best practice resources for care staff, volunteers and service users to use to run sessions independently of Growing Support and providing horticultural advice and guidance to partner organisations / community groups.
• Transporting the materials (such as seeds, compost, pots, plants etc.) and tools required to facilitate maximum involvement and activity in each session. You may occasionally be requested to obtain resources independently. Tools and materials are stored in Growing Support’s lock up and must be transported in your own vehicle - you will be paid from the time you pick the materials up, until they are returned after the session.
• Keeping an accurate record of the quantities of all the resources used at each session, ensuring that they are within the agreed budget
• Keeping appropriate records of all work undertaken, monitoring and contributing to the evaluation of all aspects of work carried out, producing reports / case studies as required.
• Managing volunteer involvement in activity sessions, ensuring they are given suitable levels of instruction, direction and support to enable service users to be engaged in the activities.
• Reporting any incidents or major issues / concerns relating to volunteers to the Growing Support Manager.
• To ensure that all work is carried out in accordance with Growing Support’s policies and procedures.
• To attend team meetings and on occasion support by taking minutes.
This list is not exhaustive. Amendment and additions may be required in the future in line with changes to policy or the requirements of our clients and funders.
Appointment to this post will be subject to satisfactory references and DBS check.