This role will co-organise garden activities alongside other volunteers, with the purpose of providing an opportunity for socialising and creativity. engagement and collaboration of the women living in the ASSIST house as well as other volunteers. You’ll support female asylum seeker residents in their general and psychological well-being through gardening activities.
The role is not seasonal - the team is active throughout the year. You will need to be available for 2 hours per week or 2 hours fortnightly on Thursday afternoons from 1:30-3:30pm, times are negotiable.The ASSIST house is located in Firth Park is reachable by bus services. The exact location of the house can be discussed at interviews.
Induction training is provided for all new volunteers and volunteer support is available in individual teams. Additional training is available depending on the team and skills required.
- Participate in the joint development and maintenance of the garden together with ASSIST clients.
- Contribute to the physical maintenance and general organisation of the garden.
- Organise and run weekly gardening sessions for service users to develop basic knowledge and skills about gardening, and provide practical advice and feedback.
- Maintain regular communications with all service users and ensure that everybody is involved, promote encouragement and support for them to have a go at growing fruit, vegetables and flowers.
- Interact with service users and help create a sociable and supportive outdoor space at the garden.
- Work with and support a group of women, many of whom have experienced high levels of stress and mental / emotional hardships.
- Be a good listener for some of the clients who may have psycho-social difficulties related to events and experiences before and after their arrival in the UK. Liaise with ASSIST volunteer case workers in relation to the clients’ needs.
- Liaise with ASSIST’s accommodation worker on materials and resources needed for maintaining the garden.
- Undergo (at least) 6 weekly supervision sessions with a designated ASSIST supervisor
- Basic knowledge and experience in planting, growing vegetables, fruit, and flowers - you do not need to be an expert or trained
- Good level of spoken English
- Understanding and willingness to work and communicate with people from other cultural backgrounds, who may have limited knowledge of English
- Good team-working ability
- Sensitivity and -ideally- some experience in working with vulnerable people, including those who have experienced stress and trauma, migration, or other challenges to their well-being
- A non-judgemental and accepting attitude, flexibility, very good communication skills. A genuine interest in other people as well as ease of establishing and maintaining contact with them.
- Reliability and punctuality and good attendance
- Some understanding of the importance of health & safety
- Knowledge of another language would be an advantage, but not essential
Experience You Can Gain:
- Insights into the situation of asylum seekers in the UK, especially those who have been refused asylum
- Practices of growing and preparing foods of people from other cultural backgrounds
- Supervision skills, including motivating others and giving feedback
- Experience of working in a community organisation and its policies
- Supporting vulnerable people
- Skills in social and therapeutic horticulture
- Outdoor Recreation
- People Skills
- Relationship Building
- Verbal / Written Communication
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- Each week on Thursday afternoons - 1:30-3:30pm
- You should be physically fit to be able to do gardening tasks.