Urban Growth – Volunteer Assistant

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Contact: Rebecca Clarke    020 7281 8097    r.clarke@jobsinmind.org

Closing date: Monday, 05 December 2016

Do you enjoy working outside? Do you enjoy cooking? Do you want to gain experience of supporting individuals with wide ranging mental health needs? Do you love vegetables? If the answer to all four is yes, then please keep reading.

We are a mental health charity whose varied services provide specialist support and advice around problems at work, training and education. Our mission is to understand, support and enable the recovery of those affected by mental health issues.

We have been working across a range of London boroughs for 27 years – with specialist networks in Islington, Camden and Westminster.

Urban Growth

Urban Growth is a practical and therapeutic work-based recovery programme based in Camden Town. We provide horticultural training in organic food growing and informal therapeutic support to individuals with severe and enduring mental health issues. Through horticultural training, participants gain personal and vocational skills to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Over the coldest months one day of the programme is based in a local community kitchen with our Grow, Eat, Lunch sessions.

We are looking for a keen, reliable individual to help assist our Urban Growth coordinator on-site for two days a week:

Monday and Thursday 10am-3pm – over the coldest months

Monday and Wednesday 10am-3pm – Spring, Summer and Autumn

You will need to be confident in supporting small groups and working with individuals who have a wide range of mental health needs. This role is largely an outdoor role, so please be aware of this when applying.

The role includes:

  • Working with and supporting the programme members on-site, and in the kitchen
  • Guiding the programme members and ensuring that planned tasks are carried out

Desirable experience:

  • At least one year’s experience of organic gardening
  • Experience of cooking in a community setting
  • Experience of working and supporting individuals in a community setting
  • An interest in horticulture, mental health, healthy eating and cookery

Travel expenses of up to £6 per day will be reimbursed on a monthly basis.

Please ensure you are available for both of the programme days and that you can commit for six months.

Please note that you will need to agree to an Enhanced DBS check being carried out and the contact details of two recent referees.

Apply by sending your CV and a one page covering letter, explaining why you’d be the best person to join our programme as an assistant volunteer.

Jobs in Mind
Caxton House
129 St John’s Way
N19 3RQ

Application deadline: 6pm 5th December

‘I have had a wonderful time volunteering for Urban Growth. As an assistant volunteer I helped our members carry out a variety of horticultural tasks, such as sowing seeds, pruning fruit trees and identifying crops for pests and diseases- no day is the same! I have enjoyed my time working alongside such a friendly group of people and most of all, helping our members gain confidence and develop skills they wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to. This experience has helped me better understand mental health issues and I will soon be completing my training in mental health first aid, thanks to the support from Urban Growth. My confidence in organic veg growing has also improved, so much that I have started growing my own at home. If you are passionate about community work and gardening (come rain or shine!) volunteering with Urban Growth will be the perfect opportunity for you.’

July 2016 Rianna Urban Growth Assistant Volunteer

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