Host Organisation: The Together Trust

Help us transform and maintain the garden at our short break service in for children and young people with learning and/or physical disabilities and sensory impairments!

Opportunity Interests: Children and Young People, People with Disabilities, People with Learning Disabilities, Social and Community Care
Type of Activity: Gardening, Youth Work
Location: Outside of Cheshire East
Days and Times for the Opportunity: Monday AM, Monday PM, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Friday AM, Friday PM, Saturday AM, Saturday PM, Sunday AM, Sunday PM

Our Volunteer Gardener will help us to provide sensory stimulation for the children and young people accessing our
short breaks and shared care service, and to help them to enjoy their outdoor surroundings though establishing and maintaining the garden.

Tasks and activities will include:
• Planting and maintaining flowerpots.
• Establishing and maintaining a herb garden.
• Painting fences and tables.
• Involving the children in projects such planting growing sunflowers from seed.

Time commitment: the amount of time volunteers give is entirely optional, but we would hope for 2-4
hours per week.

In volunteering in this role you will be able to:
• be part of a friendly and dedicated team
• learn more about the needs and abilities of the children and young people we support
• gain a sense of satisfaction from making a difference to young people’s lives
• have time in the fresh air and reap the mental health benefits that brings.

Expectations of behaviour and dress:
• Clean and tidy appearance at all times.
• Respectful behaviour towards the children and young people we support, fellow volunteers, and paid staff – discrimination or harassment will not be tolerated.
• All personal and sensitive information about service users, fellow volunteers, and paid staff to be kept strictly confidential.
• To follow the Together Trust Volunteering Code of Conduct.

Safeguarding
We are committed to safeguarding the people we support. This starts with our staff and volunteers. Everyone applying to volunteer with the Together Trust will need to provide proof of identity, and any additional documents requested for the purposes of background checks (e.g. Disclosure & Barring Service checks).

Volunteers who have difficulty applying online are welcome to request a paper application pack or support in other ways such as telephone or video call.

Volunteer Commitment: Long Term
Is a DBS check required for this role?: Yes
Skills and Qualifications Required:

No qualifications needed. The only requirements are:

• Gardening knowledge and skills.
• Ability to perform the physical aspects of the role.
• Confidence to be around autistic children and young people, and those with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, and complex needs.
• A friendly attitude.
• Communication skills.
• Willingness to work within guidelines and to take direction where necessary.
• Patience.

It would help us if volunteers also have:
• ideas of plants and garden resources that provide different kinds of sensory stimulation
• a sense of humour!

Are there any Gender or Age Restrictions?: No
Do you have disabled access to the areas a volunteer would be sited?: Yes
Do you pay expenses?: Yes
If yes, for what and at what rate?:

Volunteers can claim back out-of-pocket expenses related to your volunteering, including travel expenses at 40p per mile.

What support is available for the volunteer?:

Full training will be given for this role and regular support from the volunteering supervisor.

What training is available for the volunteer?:

Full induction training, including safeguarding, health and safety, and guidance on working alongside the young people we support.