OPP OF THE DAY: Volunteer Gardener Support Roles (Growing in the Park at Wollescote Park, Stourbridge), Dudley Mind (Growing in the Park)

Each group assesses what tasks need to be done each week and agree between them who is doingdudley MIND what. Volunteers are expected to work alongside group members with the practical tasks and to carry out other activities which could include:
– Helping to set up for the day – getting out tools and equipment as needed
– Listening and talking to individuals attending the activities
– ‘Buddying’ for new group members
– Helping with the running of courses
– Helping to clear away at the end of the session
– Keeping a safe and clean environment and following health and safety procedures on site as guided by the Horticulture Manager
Some volunteers have particular skills or interests that they can share as part of the horticulture activity. If you have a skill or hobby you want to share please let us know when you come in for your discussion with us about volunteering.
We operate 12 months of the year, outdoors as long as weather OK and indoors if it’s not.

Skills:
– We welcome people who have their own lived experience of mental distress who can be open about their own experiences whilst maintaining boundaries
– A non-judgemental approach and the ability to empathise is essential
– An ability to listen to others and communicate well in a calm way with a wide range of people is also essential

– Any gardening or DIY type skills and knowledge would be appreciated but not essential
– A willingness to be out in all weathers and prepared to ‘have a go’
– An understanding of the stigma and discrimination people with mental health issues face in their everyday lives
– An ability to take responsibility for own wellbeing and seek support when needed
– A willingness to attend any training that might be required, also support and supervision sessions on a regular basis
– You will be expected to follow our policies and procedures such as our confidentiality policy and our health and safety procedures.

Age, gender or other restrictions:
Over 18 for insurance purposes.
For Volunteer Gardener Support Roles, we will carry out a DBS check as you may be in a position where you are supporting vulnerable adults. A criminal conviction may not necessarily bar you from volunteering with the project but failing to disclose a conviction would.

Our aims are to improve mental health and wellbeing in the communities where we work. This project is targeted to anyone who may have, or be at risk of, poor mental health. This could include people who are lonely, isolated, have been made redundant, coping with long term unemployment or long term health conditions and for people who want to get some routine/teamwork experience to help with return to work. This applies to Volunteer Gardener and Support roles.
We make every effort to include people with physical disabilites but the nature of the site may mean that this is not always possible.

Everyone who comes to the project is referred to as a volunteer gardener – we work in a public park and everyone is valued for the time they give. For the public visiting the park we hope they do not see any distinction between “service users” ( a term we do not use on this project) and “volunteers”. Everyone has their own role to play and is valued for what they bring.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Jill Hogan
Email: jill.hogan@dudleymind.org.uk
Tel: 01384 442938
Website: www.dudleymind.org.uk

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