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Gardener @The Woodland Retreat

Unpaid volunteer role

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Unpaid volunteer role
minimum 2 hrs
Job ref
Fairfield General Hospital
unpaid volunteer role
31/12/2018 23:59

About the Trust

Formed in 2002, Pennine Care has grown to become a leading provider of community and mental health services.

Our vision is to deliver the best care to patients, people and families in our local communities, by working effectively with partners to help people to live well.

We provide services across six boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop and Trafford – with a combined population of more than 1.3 million people.

Our 6,000 community and mental health staff work tirelessly to deliver the very best care – and provide around 2.4 million patient contacts each year. We are privileged that some of the most talented and leading experts choose to work for us.

We consider ourselves lucky to be based just a few miles from the wonderful city of Manchester. If you’re looking to re-locate, there’s no GREATER place to live and work than MANCHESTER.                                                  

Our city offers an outstanding, yet affordable quality of life. Where else does vibrant nightlife and diverse culture meet the peace and tranquillity of the rolling Pennines?

An Exciting Volunteer Opportunity within our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Service
We are looking for volunteers to join our Team and enhance the service we deliver at the Woodland Retreat which is part of the child and adolescent mental health inpatient services at Fairfield Hospital, Bury.
Whether you want to gain experience, improve your job prospects or just want to give some of your time to help others, volunteering could be for you! Below is what you may be involved in with this role:
• Assist identified service users to participate in gardening activities as part of a staff led group.
• Support the maintenance and development of the garden/outside area as agreed.
• Provide support and encouragement to service users who find it difficult to engage in activities independently.
• Provide assistance to the designated staff to ensure that activity resources are utilised and stored appropriately.
The recruitment for this role will include 2 professional references, a criminal record check (free for voluntary roles) and a health screening. You will also have to undertake Core and Essential Skills Training (CEST) attend the Trust’s Corporate Induction and any other relevant on-going training.
No previous experience is required for this role: a love of gardening, a caring approach and good interpersonal skills are far more important. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and are keen to diversify our volunteer workforce.
In return for their commitment the volunteer can expect to build relationships with a wide range of people, develop new skills and know that they are making a positive difference to the lives of those using our services.

No smoking policyDisability confident employer

Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

If you have any questions, please contact the volunteer service by emailing or ring 0161 716 3365

If you have problems applying, contact

0161 716 3365