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Gardener - Haven House Children’s Hospice

Closing date: 04 November 2020

Organisation: 

Haven House is  a children's hospice supporting children aged 0-19, who have life limiting or life threatening conditions. The hospice cares for terminally ill children and their families and serves families in Essex, Hertfordshire and north and east London boroughs.

Role description: 

About the role

The hospice is set in a 24 acre estate, of which 4 acres are gardens. The grounds are taken care of by a small number of volunteers and they form a fundamental part of the hospice facilities that our children and families can enjoy.

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • As a gardener for Haven House, your role will be to assist in all aspects of gardening including weeding, planting bulbs, herbaceous plants, and shrubs; pruning; edging lawns; watering plants and hanging baskets; digging/forking over soil and adding compost as required; sweeping up and general tidying , including the paved areas, driveway and car parks.
  • Tools and equipment are to be cleaned as necessary and returned to their designated area when tasks are completed or at the end of the day.
  • Volunteers will not be asked to use power tools unless specifically qualified and authorised to do so. Volunteers will be asked to dispose of garden waste appropriately in the designated areas and to bring any construction / maintenance issues to the attention of the Facilities Manager.
  • From time to time, volunteers may be asked to assist the Maintenance Team with tasks where extra pairs of hands are needed,such as receiving deliveries, laying paths etc. and to work alongside some of the corporate teams that garden for us on one-off days.

Experience, skills and attributes needed

  • No specific skills or qualifications are needed; an interest in gardening and working outside would be helpful. You need to be able to use initiative, and take direction as part of a garden team. 
  • The minimum age requirement for this role is 18+

Benefits for volunteer

  • To volunteer doing something they enjoy on a personal level
  • Mixing with other volunteers.

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Other information: 

Application process:

  • Application form
  • Interview 
  • Two references required - one personal (who has known you for 2 years) and one professional. If you have difficulty we can review this on a case by case basis.
  • We invite all new volunteers to an induction at the hospice.  These usually help every few months but sometimes more often if the need arises.
  • DBS check required

The average length of recruiment is one to two months. This very much depends on when the volunteer is available to come in for an  informal interview and also how quickly we receive references and/or any other checks we need to carry out.

Haven House is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all volunteers to share this commitment.

All volunteers have a duty for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. Volunteers should be aware of the Haven House procedure for raising concerns about the welfare of anyone with whom they have contact. 

Volunteers will be required to attend the appropriate level of safeguarding training, depending on their role.

Hours: 
The core time for the garden to be taken care of is between the months of March – October , although there may be some opportunities outside of this. As volunteer gardeners will need to work alongside staff members, this opportunity is only available on a Monday – Friday between the hours of 9am – 5pm. There is no minimum commitment period.
Expenses: Travel only

Type of activity: 

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