Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Volunteer


Name: Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Volunteer
Organisation: Alive
Type: Part Time
We are looking for one-off, semi-regular and regular volunteers. We can accommodate your wishes. Please note all our volunteering takes place during the work week, not on weekends.


Are you a bit green-fingered, or want to learn more about gardening? Got a big heart and want to support the local community? Volunteer with us at our social and therapeutic horticulture sessions and make someone’s day!

Alive is an award-winning charity dedicated to improving the quality of life of older people. We envision a world where older people live lives full of joy, meaning and connection. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!

Purpose of the role:
Supporting participants to engage with nature-based activities and each other during community gardening sessions

What you will be doing:
• Helping set up resources and materials for activities
• Supporting participants socially and with nature- based activities
• Passing on any queries or issues to project leaders
• Helping pack away at end of session

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Organisation Description

Alive is a charity dedicated to improving the quality of life of older people and their carers.

Our vision
A world where older people live lives full of joy, meaning and connection.
Our mission
To prioritise health and wellbeing into later life.
• Engages older people creatively through meaningful activity
• Trains and supports care staff to enrich the lives of older people
• Reduces older people’s social isolation by connecting them to their local communities
• Speaks up for the rights of older people to those with the power to improve their lives


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Cause / Interests

  • Disability
  • Elderly
  • Environment
  • Health and Hospital and Hospices
  • Mental Health
  • Sport and Outdoor Activities

Types of Activity

  • Befriending and Buddying
  • Community Work
  • Gardening
  • General and Helping
  • Local Events
  • Practical Work and DIY

Skills and Qualifications


What we are looking for

• Friendly demeanour
• Good listening skills
• Reliability and punctuality
• A desire to engage with and support people who may have complex needs
• Experience with gardening and/or vulnerable adults is desirable but not needed – come along and learn new skills!

We provide an Introduction to Dementia and a Social and Therapeutic Horticulture training for volunteers.


• The good feeling of making someone’s day better
• Connecting with the local community and meeting like-minded volunteers
• Learning/improving your gardening and social skills
• Learning more about dementia and other illnesses and disabilities
• Having fun being outdoors

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 16
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Expenses: Paid - up to £10 / day
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Over the phone and by facilitator on site. Volunteers will receive a Volunteer Agreement and Volunteering Policies with further information.
Insurance Cover: Included
Special Needs: Accepted to a degree – volunteers need to be able to support our participants with complex needs (e.g. dementia)
Offer: Yes – full-time volunteer coordinator support
Training: Introduction to Dementia and Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Training
Other: The social and therapeutic horticulture sessions take place in Bristol and in care homes across South West England. Dementia-friendly allotment in Brentry; Lawrence Weston, Weston-super-mare, Barton Hill, care homes across the South West.

Recruitment Method

Application form, Informal discussion, DBS Check, Taster session