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Horticultural Therapy Lead

Are you passionate about using the healing power of nature to support mental health and wellbeing? Green Health Thames Valley (GHTV) is seeking a dedicated and dynamic Horticultural Therapy Lead to support the ongoing delivery of our vital services. If you are motivated by making a positive impact on people's lives, we want to hear from you.

Position: Horticultural Therapy Lead

Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays (9 am - 3.30 pm, client facing) + up to one half-day administrative tasks (total of up to 11 days per month)

Location: Whitley, Reading (or hybrid)

Salary: £22.80 per hour / £182.40 per day

Contract: Freelance/self-employed

About Us: Green Health Thames Valley (GHTV) is a Reading-based charity dedicated to providing horticultural therapy to individuals in need of mental health and wellbeing support. We offer a range of services, from short-term interventions to long-term support, all in the tranquil setting of our community garden in Whitley, Reading.

About the Role: As our Horticultural Therapy Lead, you will be responsible for managing our horticultural therapy programme. Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Leading the enrolment of beneficiaries and volunteers, including liaising with healthcare professionals and referrers where needed.
  • Engaging with clients to provide supervised horticultural therapy and supporting their development.
  • Implementing our recovery model to facilitate positive changes in clients' lives and reporting on their progress.
  • Line managing our Project Support role and Project Support Officer, providing any necessary training.
  • Reporting regularly on project progress to the charity’s trustees.
  • Ensuring the implementation of safeguarding, health, and safety guidelines.

About You: We’re looking for a motivated, dynamic and compassionate individual who excels in multitasking and is keen to take responsibility for driving positive outcomes for our clients. You will have a can-do attitude and happy to work in an outside environment all year round.

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of three years’ experience and/or qualifications in mental health or working with vulnerable people.
  • Experience of implementing a holistic approach to mental health recovery
  • Demonstrable experience and knowledge of plants and propagation.

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Experience using horticulture to enhance confidence, independence, and wellbeing.
  • Charity sector experience, including managing volunteers.
  • A qualification in horticulture or significant professional experience in gardening

Additional Requirements

  • A current DBS certificate (assistance available if needed).
  • Eligibility to work in the UK
  • Two references, including one from your most recent employer.
  • Ability to work on a freelance/self-employed basis.

How to Apply

Please send your CV and a short covering letter (maximum of two pages) setting out your relevant skills or experience, and why you are the right person for the role to: Tricia Odell at patricia@greenhealththamesvalley.org.uk

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday, 1 December 2023 and interviews are planned for the following week in Whitley.

To find out more about our charity, visit https://greenhealththamesvalley.org.uk/what-we-do/

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