The Therapeutic Gardening Group is a social and therapeutic group which gives people the opportunity to develop or improve their wellbeing using plants and horticulture. This can be achieved through all levels of involvement by the individual patient - with the emphasis on this being a fun activity  

Interested? Call 01485 601700 or Apply Online

It's a 12 week programme for patients who wish to learn or continue a gardening interest - aimed at anyone living with a life shortening illness or with an uncertain future. Sessions run for two hours, weekly on Wednesday afternoons.

There are many benefits, like learning new skills or roles, or regaining ones that have been lost through illness. Activities can alleviate stress and anxiety by distracting the mind. And the group environment provides opportunities to share experiences, worries, fears, accomplishments.

This role is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Key Responsibilities of the volunteer:

1. Arrive 20 minutes before the start of the group and, with the group facilitator, set up the equipment needed - including refreshments. And there'll be a briefing about patients due to attend.
2. The Group Leader will issue clear guidelines regarding your responsibilities during the session – either supporting a specific patient or having responsibility for a particular activity.
3. Welcome patients as they arrive and assist them from their transport into the meeting room.
4. Encourage participants to actively or passively engage in gardening, providing the appropriate level of support as required. The Group Leader will guide you with this.
5. Report any patient concerns to staff without delay - like changes in patient status from previous sessions, highlighting any concerns to the facilitator.
6. Report any concerns you may have regarding someone’s safety during the session.
7. Be responsive to the environment - like opening windows, collecting extra equipment.
8. Be aware of any patients wishing to leave the group for whatever reason, liaising closely with the Group Leader, to offer individual patient support if required.
9. Ensuring someone remains with the group at all times.
10. Provide support with refreshments and ensure that all crockery/cutlery is cleaned and put away afterwards.
11. Ensure that all gardening equipment is clean and tidied away at the end of the session in the appropriate places. And clear away any other materials used during the session. 
12. Read, agree and sign to comply with the key responsibilities of this role and all elements contained in the Volunteer Agreement.