Gardener for Groups

Children's Centres - Worle

Name: Gardener for Groups
Organisation: Children's Centres - Worle
Location: Worle Library and Children's Centre, Mendip Avenue, Worle, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, BS22 6HN
Type: Part Time
You can support one or more of the Children's Centre within EAST Group. Dates and times for volunteering would be arranged to suit the applicant’s availability and those of the groups being supported. EAST Group Children’s Centres are at: Worle Library and Children’s Centre, Mendip Avenue, Worle, W-s-M BS22 6HN (Wed,Thur, Fri) Castle Batch Children’s Centre, Castle Batch Community Centre, Bishop Avenue, W-s-M BS22 7PQ (Mon, Tue, Wed) Locking Castle and Locking Children’s Centre, The Campus, Highlands Lane, Locking Castle, W-s-M, BS24 7DX (Tue, Wed, Thur)

Description

Do you have a passion for gardening? Could you working alongside Children's Centre staff, young children and their families to help develop their knowledge, skills and experience of gardening and the benefits of 'growing your own'?
Main responsibilities include;-
Planting and maintaining the vegetable patch, involving groups in the tasks
Sharing your knowledge of growing and using vegetables
Helping to create seasonal decorations using plants and vegetables
Supporting family outings to parks and woods
Linking in with occasional special events
Ensuring Risk Assessments are up to date and adhered to
You will also be asked to attend a three hour Child Protection Basic Awareness course and a two hour Health and Safety Manual Handling course
*****This opportunity is offered across EAST Group Children's Centres in to allow for volunteer flexibility/availability:
Worle Library and Children's Centre
Locking Castle and Locking Children's Centre
Castle Batch Children's Centre

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Organisation Description

Children’s centres provide services for families with children under five. They host drop-in advice clinics, parenting workshops, parent and toddler groups and even speech and language services. Many also host regular activities for children under five.


When

  Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening

Cause / Interests

  • Children
  • Environment
  • Families

Types of Activity

  • Gardening
  • General and Helping

Skills and Qualifications

Requirements

Volunteer applicants should:-
Be able to manage your own time
Be able to work using your own initiative
Be friendly, approachable, calm, flexible
Have an understanding of working with young children and families
Have experience and knowledge of gardening (planting, taking care of and using vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers)
Be able to carry out physical tasks associated with gardening (including lifting, bending, digging and weeding)
Attend a three-hour Child Protection Basic Awareness course
Attend a three-and-a-half-hour Baby Friendly Initiative level 1 session
Attend a Manual handling session


Benefits

Volunteers will gain:-
Experience to add to your CV, including working with families with particular needs
Enjoyment of working with young children and families
Satisfaction of supporting your local community and contributing to helping local people understand the importance of healthy eating
Pride in passing on your skills and knowledge to others
The possibility of a reference for employment or volunteering opportunities

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 16
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Expenses: Yes
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Prior to starting the opportunity
Insurance Cover: Yes
Special Needs: Support workers are welcome to accompany volunteers if required
Offer: NA
Training: Child Protection basic awareness. Baby Friendly Initiative Level 1. Manual Handling
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, DBS Check, Informal discussion, References, Trial Period