Horticulture Support Assistant – Casual Bank Worker

The role

We provide training courses for adults with learning disabilities, autism and ill mental health. Our horticulture training runs five days a week in our beautiful 2.5-acre walled garden in the grounds of Springfield University Hospital. You can find out more about our horticulture programme here.

Students come to the garden for educational or wellbeing progression and your main responsibilities would be to support and train our students in the full range of horticultural and craft skills needed for the appropriate qualifications or development. Work is offered on an as-needed basis once you are added to our bank staff. There is no guarantee of work; however we are looking for people who are happy to be contacted at short notice to provide relief or can be booked for block days or weeks in advance.

What we are looking for

You’ll need to love being outdoors and have some horticulture knowledge. Experience working with our client group and a training qualification would be beneficial, however not essential. You will need to love gardening with a can-do attitude. It’s important that you are reliable, supportive, patient and caring. Our student’s safety is of upmost importance, so knowledge of health and safety within a garden would be a bonus.

Main responsibilities:

  • To support learning, encourage and supervise adults with learning disabilities, autism and ill mental health in horticulture and craft activities which will assist the development of skills, experience, confidence and independence, and ultimately lead them to getting qualifications
  • To support the work of our social enterprise, which completes job off site occasionally
  • To support learning in an inclusive way, encouraging students to work at their best, to stay motivated and engaged with the task at hand
  • To ensure that you know where students are within the garden, abiding by good health and safety practice
  • To provide pastoral support where possible, ensuring referral to the manager if appropriate
  • To work always in a spirit of positivity and encouragement and in a way that values diversity
  • To undertake any other tasks that may be reasonably required

Essential skills:

  • Able to explain tasks and procedures clearly and simply.
  • Ability to follow guidelines of activities set out by City and Guilds, and to make the activities accessible for students with diverse needs
  • Passionate about horticulture, and an enjoyment of working outdoors in all weathers
  • Reliable, punctual, caring, hardworking and able to use your own initiative
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, great team working skills and the ability to relate positively and in a non-discriminatory way to disabled people from a range of backgrounds and communities
  • Good understanding of and ability to practice effective health and safety in a horticultural working environment
  • The ability to inspire and motivate others

Desirable experience and qualifications:

  • Qualification in horticulture or relevant occupational competency in gardening
  • A teaching or training qualification
  • Experience of working with disabled people who have sensory or communication needs
  • Good craft skills such as floristry or wood work
  • First aid trained

How to apply

Please send your CV with a covering note detailing your availability and why you feel you are suitable for this role to Leanne Wood leannew@sharecommunity.org.uk or contact Leanne to discuss the role in more detail or to arrange a visit on 0207 801 9825.

This job is subject to two satisfactory references, evidence of qualifications, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring check and providing evidence of right to work in the UK.

If you have a disability and would like to discuss other ways of submitting your application, please call Leanne on 0207 801 9825.

We are very much looking forward to receiving your application.

Job details
Gillian Webb Memorial Gardens, Grounds of Springfield University Hospital, 61 Glenburnie Road, Tooting, SW17 7DJ
Closing date: 
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 13:00
£15.03 - £16.77 per hour depending on experience (includes salary in lieu of annual leave).
Contract type: 
Working hours: 
Anytime Monday – Friday, 10am – 3/4pm
Contact email address: 
Contact telephone number: 
0207 801 9825