Gardening Volunteer

Title:                  Volunteer Gardener/Maintenance Team member

Location:         Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice grounds, 185 Bostall Hill, London, SE2 0GB

Reports to:       Facilities’ Manager

Commitment:       A minimum of one session per week, as convenient for the volunteer.

Outline                        To be part of a team maintaining the gardens of the Hospice under the guidance of the Maintenance Worker, for the benefit of all those who are present in the Hospice.                              


Main roles and responsibilities

  • To assist in all aspects of gardening including weeding, planting bulbs, herbaceous plants, and shrubs; pruning; edging lawns; digging / forking over soil and adding compost as required; sweeping up and general tidying, including the paved areas, driveway and car parks.
  • Tools and equipment are to be cleaned as necessary and returned to their designated area when tasks are completed or at the end of the day. Volunteers will not be asked to use power tools unless specifically qualified and authorised to do so.
  • Appropriate disposal of garden waste in the designated areas.
  • To water plants – especially hanging baskets & boxes (water hose connections are situated around the building, however, water should be used sparingly as it is run on a meter system).
  • To bring any construction / maintenance issues to the attention of the Facilities Manager
  • From time to time, to assist the Maintenance Team with tasks where extra pairs of hands are needed, such as receiving deliveries, laying paths etc


Additional requirements

  • Volunteers must report to Reception on arrival and sign out when leaving (this is a Fire Brigade stipulation so we can be sure the premises are cleared; security cameras are in operation and the reception staff also need to be aware of who is on the premises).
  • To wear clothes appropriate for the job and any protective clothes when required, eg: gardening gloves, strong boots, etc.
  • In liaison with the Facilities Manager, the volunteer will confirm in advance the hours that s/he is able to offer.
  • The volunteer must read and adhere to the Health & Safety regulations (as published by the Hospice), and report any incidents/accidents to the Facilities Manager.
  • The volunteer must understand & sign the Hospice Confidentiality agreement.
  • A Criminal Records Bureau disclosure is required for this role.


Useful skills and experience

  • Some knowledge of gardening and a wiliness to learn more
  • Able to use initiative and take directions as part of the garden team


Support and Training

  • Hospice Induction, including Health & Safety, Manual Handling Training.
  • Fire Lecture.
  • From time to time volunteers will be asked to attend training to update skills or to comply with policy changes.
  • Support and information from line manager



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