Vacancies at Thrive

Thrive is a national charity using Social & Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) to make a positive impact in people’s lives.  We have offices in London, Reading and Birmingham. We currently have the following three vacancies:

Training & Education Officer


Contract: Full-time (35 hours per week)

Location: Head Office,Reading


Salary: £25,000 per annum

The role

As a member of the Training, Education and Consultancy team, the Training & Education Officer will play a key role in developing and delivering training in STH and related subjects across classroom, outdoor and web environments.

This is a vital role within an expanding part of Thrive’s activities, where energy, initiative, organisation and flexibility will be rewarded with opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills in a field which is gaining increasing recognition amongst health and social care policy-makers.

Who we’re looking for

The successful candidate will have a confident and professional manner, experience of delivering training, holding a relevant teaching qualification or be working towards relevant teaching qualification e.g. Level 3 Award in in Education and Training, together with a proven track record in project management. Practical experience in delivering training in STH or another Green Care intervention together with practical experience of horticulture/green care are desirable.

A full job description can be found here.

Appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service check, proof of right to work in the UK and provision of two acceptable references.

How to apply

Please send your CV along with a supporting statement (no more than two sides of A4) explaining how you meet the person specification and why you want to work at Thrive to or by post to Thrive, The Geoffrey Udall Centre, Beech Hill, Reading,RG7 2AT.

If you require further information, please contact Damien Newman on 01189 885688 in the first instance.

Closing date for applications is 23rd April 2019.
Interviews will be held week beginning 29th April 2019.

Regional Centre Manager - Birmingham


Contract: Full-time (35 hours per week)

Location: Kings Heath Park, Birmingham


Salary: £32,000 to £34,000 per annum

Who are we looking for?

An exciting opportunity has arisen at our centre based in Kings Heath Park, Birmingham. We are looking to fill this post with a results-driven manager who has a proven track record of delivering high quality service in a people centred environment.

The successful applicant will be a compassionate leader, who is able to demonstrate their ability to empower a workforce, promote team well-being and engage effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders.

Key areas of work

This role is focused on: 

·  increasing the visibility of Thrive across the West Midlands

·  building effective relationship and partnerships with a range of stakeholders

·  increasing the understanding of the benefits of STH across the region

·  diversification of the client base

·  ensuring the long-term sustainability of the programmes delivered.

A number of key programmes operate out of the Birmingham Centre including City & Guilds qualification programme for SEN pupils. Experience of delivery of educational programmes and assessments would be of benefit, but is not a requirement.

A full job description can be found here.

How to apply

Please send your CV along with a supporting statement (no more than 2 sides of A4) explaining how you meet the person specification and why you want to work at Thrive to

If you require further information, in the first instance please contact Rodger Cartwright, Head of Client Services, on 01189 885688.

First stage interviews will be in Birmingham on 17th April 2019. 
Second stage interviews will be held at Head Office in Reading on 29th April 2019.

Fundraising Officer

Contract: Permanent, full-time post, flexible between 28-35 hrs per week

Beech Hill, near Reading

Salary: £22,000 to £25,000 per annum

Who are we looking for?


We are looking to recruit an experienced and determined Fundraising Officer to be based at our Reading Office on a permanent basis.  We are looking for someone who is a creative thinker, resourceful and proactive and a good communicator, with proven success in securing funds from Trust and Grant giving organisations.

You should have experience of identifying and growing income for charities with  particular 
understanding of the UK philanthropy market and of donor care.


You will need to have a 'can-do’ attitude with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills. Knowledge of the fundraising environment and regulatory framework in the voluntary sector is essential for this role.


This role requires organisation, flexibility and understanding of the issues affecting people with disabilities, ill-health and long-term conditions.

Key areas of work

Your work will include:

· Trust, Grants and Foundations

· Direct Mail appeals

· Community Fundraising

· Charity of the Year

Reporting to the Fundraising Manager, the Fundraising Officer will work alongside the Trust and Grant Fundraiser and the Fundraising team to add support in developing and implementing their work streams.

To download the job description and person specification click here

Appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory basic Disclosure and Barring Service. Thrive complies fully with the DBS Code of Practice. Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an individual from working for Thrive.

How to apply

Please send an up-to-date CV and an accompanying statement,explaining how you meet the person specification and what you can bring to Thrive, to

Please note: Applications will not be considered without an accompanying statement.

We are hoping the successful candidate will be able to join the team in mid-March. For further information please contact

Thrive is a Disability Confident Employer and as such we are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people and will offer an interview to give you the opportunity to demonstrate your abilities at an interview, if you declare that you have a disability and meet the minimum criteria for the job.
By 'minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application form which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence required for each competency as well as meeting any of the qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential.