Gardener role at The Limes: Day Support Service for people with young onset Dementia

The role is flexible but depending on the property concerned the role is likely to require several hours a month, according to local need and your availability. Additional time is likely in the summer months.

How does the role make a difference? It is important that our gardens and surrounding areas are maintained to a good standard. It helps to project a positive, professional and welcoming image to service users, visitors, volunteers and staff. Gardens enable people with dementia to be outside and experience the positive effects of nature. It helps to make Alzheimer’s Society an attractive and relaxed environment. 

What will I be doing? 

Tending the garden(s) - bushes, plants and flowers, weeding, pruning, digging, planting, watering, brushing/clearing pathways and driveways

 Cutting grass lawns where appropriate for the location and time of year

 Disposing of cuttings and other items according to local procedures, including local authority recycling rules

 Using all gardening equipment and safety equipment as directed and according to instructions, including circuit breakers and other safety devices

 Paying close attention to health and safety responsibilities at all times and reporting health and safety issues and causes for concern immediately

 Reporting equipment defects so that repairs can be carried out (do not repair items yourself without having reported the issue and assessed the relevant solution)

 Offering guidance and supervision in the maintenance of the garden and the purchase of equipment, plants and seeds

 Recognising that a range of policies will be relevant to this role, in particular health and safety including regular risk assessments.

This role may involve, with your agreement, supporting service users within a garden environment. If so, all aspects of service delivery systems, processes, training and safeguarding will take place.

Is the role suitable for me?

• Have a good working knowledge of caring for a garden and/or allotment

• Have a good working knowledge of tending to plants and vegetables

• Enjoy being outdoors and have the fitness and mobility required for this type of role

• Have an ability to volunteer within service boundaries

• Are punctual and reliable

• Are keen to provide a high standard of service

• Are comfortable following policies, procedures and guidance

• Are prepared to undergo an induction into the role and attend necessary training and similar learning activities to help you in your role

• Know about, or are willing to learn about, undertaking risk assessments

• Know about, or are willing to learn about, dementia and its impact on people

• Have an understanding of, and commitment to, confidentiality

• Have a commitment to team work with volunteers and staff from a variety of backgrounds

• Are committed to inclusion, treating people from all backgrounds with dignity

What you will get as a bonus to offering your time and skills to a local good cause?

You will supported by a locally specified manager. You will also receive one-to-one and/or group based support. Agreed out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed, such as travel.

You will be helping to ensure our gardens are safe and attractive for all to enjoy. You will be able to use your existing gardening skills and interests to the benefit of your local community

 You will meet new people

For more details please contact 

Joanne O'Neill, Day Support Manager, The Limes, Kingswood Foundation Estate, Britannia Road, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 8DB    Tel: 0117 9613651 Email: [email protected]