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Volunteer Activity Worker - Gardening

Job Description

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust was formed in 2006 and became integrated with NHS Coventry in April 2011.

The Trust provides a full range of expanding physical, mental health and learning disability services to children, young adults, adults and older adults over many sites across Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull.

Services are provided to a population of over one million people living in Coventry and Warwickshire and also a wider geographical area in some of our specialist services, we see on average around 5,000 patients every day.

PLEASE NOTE that this vacancy will be closed as soon as sufficient applications are received. It is strongly advised that you complete and return your application form as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment. Staff at risk within the Trust will be given priority.

Please check your NHS Jobs account regularly throughout the process of your application for any notifications from the Recruitment Team. Proof of Identification and any relevant qualifications will be checked at interview or during the recruitment process.

To apply for this post you will need to apply online via NHS Jobs (please register as a new user, if you haven't already). If you have any queries regarding your application please phone the Partnership Trust Recruitment Department or hiring manager (telephone number stated on the advert) and quote the job reference number starting with 444-.


Volunteer Activity Worker – Gardener

An exciting volunteering opportunity has arisen within Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust for Volunteers who have a keen interest in gardening. This role will work with our Mental Health Activity Team in one or more of our units in Coventry, Warwick and Nuneaton.

We are seeking enthusiastic and motivated individuals with excellent communication skills, to assist our Activity Co-ordinators with gardening activities. If you are a highly motivated gardener and willing to support The Activity Team, then we would like to hear from you.

The role includes assisting staff and patients with gardening based activities, developing and maintaining ward and therapy garden areas, and supporting the development of indoor garden related activities (e.g. plant appreciation, creating arrangements from natural resources gathered from gardens and outdoor areas). The applicant must have a keen interest in gardening or horticulture, be physically fit and be able to work outside in all weather conditions.

CWPT recognises the value that volunteers bring to the organisation through their skills and experience.

Our Volunteers need to be….

• Understanding rather than judgemental about a patient’s situation or circumstances

• Respectful of a patient’s individuality, respect different cultural values and work in a non-discriminatory manner

• Able to listen to and communicate with patients, carers and staff

• Patient and have a good sense of humour, as well as the desire and commitment to improving the lives of those with mental health disabilities/ problems

In return we will give you ...

• Training and support required in this role

• An opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge

• A reference for your portfolio or CV

• Out of pocket expenses paid in line with the Trust Policy

• Flexibility to do the hours that suit you, daytime and weekends. All we ask for is that you are able to commit to at least 3 hours a week for a minimum of 6 months.

Previous experience of working within a mental health environment is desirable but not essential, as full training and support will be given to successful applicants. What’s important is that you possess the qualities outlined in the attached Role Description, and can demonstrate CWPT values.

Please ensure your application tells us clearly what appeals to you about this volunteering opportunity, and what it is you can bring to the team.

If you would like to discuss this role in more detail before applying please contact Tariro Gumbo on  ( Phone number removed )  or email ( Email address removed )

PLEASE NOTE that this vacancy will be closed as soon as sufficient applications are received. It is strongly advised that you complete and return your applications form as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment.

The Trust is committed to Equal Opportunities and welcomes applications regardless of age, gender, race, disability or sexual orientation.

As an employee of Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust you are responsible for protecting yourself and others against the risk of acquiring a Healthcare Associated Infection. All staff, clinical or non-clinical are expected to comply with infection control policies and procedures. You will attend the mandatory infection control training and updates as required by the Trust.

Any form of CVs as part of application will not be considered

Please note all communication regarding shortlisting and interview will be via email.

'Working together to make a difference'

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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