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We share Green Care vacancies at other organisations to promote social and therapeutic horticulture.

Location Various locations within 15 mile radius of Oxford

Hours Part time, FTE 0.6 = 22.5 hrs p/w

Salary £23-£25k (FTE) depending on experience

FarmAbility is an independent charity committed to improving the quality of lives through access to meaningful activities for adults who have a learning disability and those who are also on the Autistic Spectrum. 

It delivers farming and horticultural-based programmes for our clients – known as co-farmers – in partnership with community-based and local farms and gardens.

These programmes offer people who have a learning disability the opportunity to engage in daily purposeful activities that not only improve physical and mental health and wellbeing, but also foster a sense of community, and allow the development and strengthening of their skills and abilities. 

FarmAbility are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our dedicated team of programme leaders. Programme leaders work with colleagues to plan and deliver day-to-day tasks on our farm sites for our co-farmers to participate in.

They are responsible for supporting co-farmers in a range of purposeful outdoor activities, enabling them to engage increasingly effectively, with the aim of developing skills and capacities. This support leads to greater enjoyment, increased confidence, better physical and mental health and more independence for our participants.

Role responsibilities

Providing effective and tailored support to co-farmers:

  • Welcome co-farmers each day and help facilitate inclusive morning/afternoon planning meetings.
  • Support co-farmers to engage with farming and gardening activities across FarmAbility sites through personalised planning and adaptation of tasks and approaches.
  • Ensure that external support workers and volunteers are clear about their role in relation to supporting co-farmers during activities and provide guidance where necessary.
  • Work alongside undergraduate and postgraduate Occupational Therapy students during their placements with the charity and engage in mutual learning to enhance our delivery.
  • Participate in daily debriefs where co-farmer progressions are recorded and support ongoing collection of monitoring and evaluation data to evidence FarmAbility outcomes.
  • Support co-farmers at annual progression reviews to celebrate success and plan future aims, goals and participation.

Management of Risk:

  • Ensure that all Health & Safety and biosecurity requirements are observed and adhered to during activities across our sites.
  • Ensure that any equipment/tools are cleared away at the end of an activity, and the environment left in good order.

Collaborative Working:

  • Work collaboratively and communicate effectively with colleagues in office and farm settings to ensure the successful delivery of our programmes.
  • Take on additional responsibilities appropriate to the post as required (for example when new projects are implemented within FarmAbility).
  • Carry out administrative tasks as required by the post, when needed and in a timely fashion.

Download a person specification here.

FarmAbility welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We value diversity and promote inclusion, which we demonstrate through our activities, as well as in our policies and working practices.

Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

To apply, please send your CV, a supporting statement of no more than two sides of A4, detailing how you match our person specification and a completed Diversity Monitoring form to info@farmability.org.uk

To find out more and to download a Diversity Monitoring form, go to: Vacancies – FarmAbility

Closing date for applications: Midnight on Thursday 10 March.
Interviews will be held the week commencing Monday 21st March.


Location: Swindon

Hours: 14 hours per week

Salary: £8,030 to £9,125 depending on experience

Closing date: Friday 25th February 2022

Do you have knowledge, training, experience of delivering craft activities and of working with people with mental health issues?

Would you like to be part of a forward thinking, innovative team?

The Recovery Tree Charity work with people with mental health conditions and provide support and training to help them gain skills, confidence and self-esteem through our projects of TWIGS and The Olive Tree Café, and have been doing so for the past 21 years.

They are looking for someone to organise, plan and ensure effective delivery of a programme of craft activity sessions to service users at TWIGS with a focus on crafts related to nature.

The programme will include using your own skills and those of the TWIGS staff team, alongside commissioning outside people with suitable skills and experience to assist with the delivery of this element of the TWIGS service. They are working towards ensuring self-financing of workshops and developing and building a culture of payment from participants.

The post is 14 hours per week – to be worked on Tuesdays and Thursdays usually between 9.30 – 4.00pm with occasional flexibility according to activities at the project. There may be opportunities to work additional hours. The successful applicant will be self-employed.

Starting salary will be in the range of £8,030 - £9,125 (full-time equivalent of £21,059 - £24,442, equivalent hourly rate of £11.00 - £12.50) depending on previous experience, expertise and qualifications.

If you are interested in learning more, please email twigs.reception@gmail.com or phone 01793 523294 for an application pack/job description/person specification. You can also visit twigscommunitygardens.org.uk

Closing date for applications – Friday 25th February 2022

Interviews will be held – Friday 4th March 2022

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