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Allotment Group Volunteer with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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About this volunteering opportunity

As an Allotment Group Volunteer, you will encourage and support our service users to take part in gardening activities and develop an allotment plot on Craven Vale Allotments.
- To check with your supervisor about priorities and any issues the volunteer should be briefed about
- Assisting our service users in planting and maintaining an allotment plot
- To have good communication skills and be able to encourage service users
- To clear up after the activity and keep areas tidy
- To inform staff if a service user expresses any significant changes in mood or behavour
- Helping and supporting our service users as they participate in the activity with the supervision of our activity facilitators
- To undergo training as required
- Asking service users to give feedback on their experience of the activity

About this organisation

We provide NHS care and treatment for people living in south east England. Our mental health services provide care and treatment for people with conditions such as psychosis, depression, anxiety, dementia and personality disorder. Our specialist learning disability services provide community and inpatient care for people with complex health needs which can’t be met by other services. Our services are aimed at children, young people and adults of all ages.

Induction, training and support offered with this opportunity

When you start your volunteering role you will be introduced to a local supervisor, who will conduct your local induction. Your supervisor will be responsible for ensuring that you receive regular 1:1 support. All volunteers are expected to complete mandatory online training which will include: Health, Safety, Risk and Welfare Moving and Handling Awareness, Infection Prevention and Control, Fire Safety Awareness Equality, Diversity and Human rights, Information Governance, Safeguarding Adults & Children, Prevent. As a volunteer for Sussex Partnership, you may also be able to access other training opportunities that will develop your knowledge and skills.

Skills or experience needed for this opportunity

- Aged 18 or over
- Able to commit reliably to at least 2 hours a week for a minimum of six months
- A commitment to improve the service user’s experience under the care of AOT
- Well presented, with a friendly and approachable manner and good verbal communication skills
- An ability to relate well to people on a one to one basis and be sympathetic to others’ situations
- An ability to be patient and calm even in the face of difficult situations
- An ability to act on own initiative within the role description
- A willingness to be flexible and to follow the guidance of a placement supervisor
- A commitment to the trust’s equal opportunities and diversity policies
- A willingness to abide by the Sussex Partnership volunteer guidelines, including rules on confidentiality, health and safety, safeguarding adults and children and manual handling
- To be willing to receive training any areas as appropriate to the volunteer role

The contact person for this opportunity is Natalie Poland, 07810 656746

  • Expenses are paid for this opportunity.
  • This opportunity is NOT fully wheelchair accessible.
  • Assistance with childcare is NOT available for this opportunity.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday



  • people with mental health problems
  • conservation/gardening/animals
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