Urban Growth – Volunteer Assistant

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Do you enjoy working outside? Do you want to gain experience of supporting individuals with wide ranging mental health needs? Do you love vegetables? If the answer to all three 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 problems.

We have been working across a range of London boroughs for 26 years now 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 mental health problems. Through horticultural training, participants gain personal and vocational skills to improve their mental health, wellbeing and employability.

We are looking for a keen individual to help assist our Urban Growth coordinator on-site for a maximum of two days a week, Monday and Wednesday 10am-3pm.

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:

  • Assisting with the general running of the programme
  • Working with and supporting the programme members on-site
  • 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 working and supporting individuals in a community setting
  • An interest in horticulture, mental health, healthy eating and cookery

Travel expenses of up to £5 per day will be reimbursed on a monthly basis.

Please ensure you are available on at least one of the programme days, preferably both 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 referees.

Apply by sending your CV and a one page covering letter to r.clarke@jobsinmind.org or the postal address below, 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 18th September 2015

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