Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity. We have represented the voice of people most affected by mental health problems in Scotland for almost 100 years. Today, in over 60 communities we work with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others.
These services together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change. SAMH is dedicated to mental health and wellbeing for all: with a vision of a society where people are able to live their lives fully, regardless of present or past circumstances.
About the Role
SAMH Redhall is a mental health recovery project based in a walled garden in South-West Edinburgh. We have a wonderful location in a wooded dell by the Water of Leith and indoor and outdoor facilities including polytunnels, vegetable beds, ornamental gardens, orchard, kitchen, library and training room.
The Instructor Team at Redhall provide a supportive environment to learn and practice skills in horticulture. The service has structured days and encourages people to build routine, be more active, spend time outdoors and work alongside others. Our Peer Worker and Employability Practitioner offer additional support for people to better manage their mental health, develop confidence and progress their goals.
The garden is open to the public during the week and also plays host to local partner projects who might arrange their own activities in the grounds. We also organise open days to sell plants, promote the service and raise awareness.
The Team Leader will be responsible for the day to day delivery of effective social and therapeutic horticulture activities at SAMH Redhall, creating a positive and purposeful environment for staff, service users and wider community.
What we are looking for
We are looking for someone with a track record of managing the delivery of programmes in health, greenspace and/or community settings. You will have the skills to undertake all aspects of managing the project day to day from the ground up - overseeing site/garden maintenance, developing programmes, managing staff and ensuring quality of support.
You have an understanding of partnership working and can identify and develop opportunities for joint working, coordinate and communicate with colleagues across the third sector and make reports to funders as required.
You have leadership experience and can confidently bring a team together with a strong sense of purpose and commitment to SAMH values. You are someone who wants to work with people with the ability to build rapport, show genuine interest in their recovery and handle difficult conversations with compassion. You will be enthusiastic about the benefits of gardening and nature-based approaches to support mental health and coming to work in a garden everyday will be a perk of the job for you too!
What we will provide for you
You will work in a supportive environment and will be provided with a full induction and training opportunities. You will be given the chance to develop your knowledge and skills, as well as develop professionally. Some of our benefits include;
- Reimbursement of PVG, Disclosure.
- Funded continuous learning and development opportunities, access to over 100 courses online in addition to classroom and virtual training sessions
- 30 days annual leave rising to 33 after 5 years’ service
- 4 public holidays
- 2 paid wellbeing days off per year to use on what matters to you.
- Team wellbeing budgets
- Workplace pension scheme
- Life Assurance policy
- Employee Assistance Programme
Closing date for applications will be 12 noon, Monday 4th March 2024.
If you would like to find out more about Redhall and the Team Leader role please call Senior Service Manager Claire Reynolds on 07923382375How to Apply:
If you would like to find out more about Redhall and the Team Leader role please call Senior Service Manager Claire Reynolds on 07923382375
To apply please visit: https://www.samh.org.uk/information/work-with-us
PVG Scheme Membership, a Right to Work in the UK check and proof of any qualifications declared your application will be required.
Applications are welcome from people who have experienced mental health difficulties.
Please note we reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive a high level of applicants and would encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.
Closing Date: March 4, 2024
St Andrews Church of Scotland: Carluke
Dementia Hub (The Hub)
Community Gardener Role
This is an exciting time to join a rapidly evolving Hub that works collaboratively with others and aims to provide the best possible support for people living with dementia and their unpaid carers and family members.
Our Dementia Hub has its roots in our Christian faith – reaching out with warm hospitality, friendship, and support to anyone with memory difficulties and their unpaid carers and family members (mainly within the Clydesdale area of South Lanarkshire).
How to Apply:
Applications should be in writing and submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please attach a CV detailing relevant experience and/or qualifications, a short statement outlining your reasons for applying for this post, and the names of two referees. References will be taken up before the appointment of the successful candidate.
This post is subject to a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme check.
The closing date for applications is Friday 1st March.
Closing Date: March 1, 2024
Should you wish to visit The Hub for an informal discussion about this post, we would be delighted to facilitate this. Please get in touch with Lesley Reid, Hub Development Manager, email@example.com, or Karen Kelly, Hub Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements
Amisfield Walled Garden, Haddington, East Lothian
Amisfield Walled Garden: Wellbeing and Outreach Worker (0.5 post)
Amisfield Preservation Trust (Amisfield Walled Garden) has been awarded funding from the East Lothian TSI Communities, Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund to appoint a 0.5 post for a Wellbeing and Outreach Worker (salary pro-rata £ 26,500). The post would be initially offered on a fixed contract for one year (April 2024 to March 2025). Continuation would be subject to additional funding.
Amisfield Walled Garden
Amisfield Preservation Trust provides a regenerative community space for a wide range of groups. The project is volunteer led. Since project inception, volunteers have recreated a beautiful and peaceful 8 acre walled garden , just outside of Haddington , which had fallen into disrepair. The project helps improve the life chances of those most vulnerable in our community, through support for individuals with barriers to employment ; drives inclusion through involving volunteers with a range of additional support needs; promotes learning through educational activities for school groups with their teachers, and for the general public through a variety of training events; helps the community to flourish through increased social connection and regenerative activities that improve mental and physical wellbeing and resilience and help increase pride in the local community and place. Our volunteers come from a range of different backgrounds with differing levels of skills, abilities and experiences. We aim to be an inclusive community.
The Board is currently renewing the strategic plan for the next 5 years and have set out two core objectives: 1)Support the environment (e.g. increase biodiversity, become an example of how to adapt to climate change, teach topics related to sustainable living). 2)Further support wellbeing, equality and inclusion (by reaching and supporting more people through access to therapeutic gardening activities).
We currently employ a Volunteer Co-ordinator who plans the overall work of the garden; designs and provides practical training in horticultural matters for the 80+ volunteers, as well as the many groups, who use Amisfield, and maintains the garden as a Scottish Tourist Board 3-star visitor attraction. In the last year, we provided volunteering opportunities for 9 adults with additional support needs, 10 adults with long-term health conditions and 8 with mental health challenges, 2 of whom were referred to us by their GP or mental health worker and 35 older people.
For more information about Amisfield, please see our website: www.amisfield.org.uk
Wellbeing and Outreach Worker post
We want to further develop Amisfield as a therapeutic and wellbeing resource for people. The project will take a holistic approach. Amisfield Walled Garden is a safe, protected, tranquil and ‘containing’ space. Our current volunteers and visitors frequently comment on the calming impact of the environment. In many ways this is what will make the project unique in wellbeing terms. The project involves:
- The appointment of a Wellbeing and Outreach worker (0.5 post) who will, alongside the Volunteeer Coordinator, work with a small group of volunteers (6) to support 25 people with vulnerabilities (over the year) on a one-to-one basis to regularly visit and /or engage in gardening with a therapeutic focus.
- Participants in the project can either self-refer or be introduced to the garden by another agency
- The volunteers would be drawn from our existing group. These people already take on a mentoring role in the garden for less able volunteers.
- The post would also involve engaging with small groups of participants (4/5 people) as they work in the garden.
- Provision of supported work experience for 2 people with vulnerabilities
- Participants would be able to make use of up to 3 different half-day volunteering sessions throughout the week.
Additionally, the worker will host 6 wellbeing workshops / events throughout the year, using the garden as a venue:
- These workshops would be free and open to the general public.
- They would have a focus on wellbeing including physical movement (yoga, pilates, tai chi), therapeutic art / craft making and meditation.
- We envisage that 40 different people would attend these workshops/events.
All of the above activities would aim to improve people’s mental and physical wellbeing, reduce social isolation and build a sense of community. The worker would build on our strong track record of providing work experience for people who have experienced multiple disadvantages and barriers to employment. Previous work experience referrals have successfully secured employment in horticulture-related roles. We envisage that several beneficiaries would be able to secure similar types of employment.
The project will target people with learning disabilities, people with longer term physical and mental health difficulties, women who have experienced trauma, older people, people who have experienced multiple disadvantages and people from minority ethnic groups (who might also be refugees or people seeking asylum).
We currently have good links with up to 14 different community groups who have a focus on wellbeing. This includes amongst others carers’ support groups, dementia groups, Health in Mind, MELD, Action for Children, New Horizons, Enable, Edge Autism and the Changes mental health project. The latter group already run an 8 week long WELL (Wellbeing, Environment, Life and Laughter) course at the garden. We are well linked into the voluntary sector infrastructure in East Lothian through the Volunteer Centre. The garden and the education building are fully accessible for wheelchairs, and we have a number of raised beds and other areas where less mobile individuals can work. The garden is regularly accessed by people using wheelchairs and with mobility issues.
We have good links with GPs and Occupational Therapists at the East Lothian Community Hospital. The new post will enable us to undertake more outreach with other groups who have a wellbeing focus to develop new partnerships and to bring more people with specific vulnerabilities into the garden.
Our project would be preventative and provide early intervention in a strengths-based and non-stigmatising environment. The project would enable people to make friendships and connections in a supportive community. It would also be a ‘stepping-stone’ for referral to other services who could complement what we provide. The worker will be supported and supervised by a Board member who has a background in social work, project development and staff supervision.How to Apply:
Please complete the application form, paying particular attention to how you meet the requirements within the person specification. Please send completed applications to : email@example.com
Closing date for applications: Friday 1st March 2024 at 5pm.
Interview date: Tuesday 12th March 2024.
We envisage that the post will start as close as possible to 1st April 2024. Applicants will need to undertake a check through Disclosure Scotland before commencement of employment.
Amisfield Preservation Trust values diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
Further information about the post can be obtained from Steve Gowenlock (Board member) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your interest in this post.Closing Date: March 1, 2024 Interview Date: Tuesday, 12 March, 2024
Glasgow, G51 1DH
Sacro’s Mission is to promote safe and cohesive communities by reducing conflict and offending
The Garden Project
The Garden Project will work with people who have been involved in offending or face other barriers to employment and social inclusion.
We are looking to recruit an Educational Gardener to help us to maintain our established gardens in the Bellahouston Allotment and Tollcross Allotment. You will have extensive horticultural experience, preferably with experience of or an interest in food growing and/or wildlife gardening. A proven track record of developing and managing projects and experience of working with volunteers/community work.
Necessary skills and qualifications include;
Demonstrable experience of successful project planning from idea, through implementation to completion.
Minimum three years’ horticultural experience with good technical knowledge of plants, tools, horticultural processes and strong plant identification skills.
Recognised Level 3 qualification in horticulture or a related subject.
Experience of working with and supervising volunteers including an ability to teach volunteers by example the principles of good horticultural practice.
An understanding of how community-based organisations work and previous experience of working for, or participating in, a community-based organisation.
Experience of working with disadvantaged groups/individuals.
Knowledge of and a commitment to working within Health and Safety legislation including site risk assessment is essential - a recognised qualification would be an advantage. Induction training will be given.
Work patterns will be agreed to flexibly suit the service and the preferred candidate for the role.
Membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) is a requirement for this post.
If you would like an informal chat about the role, please contact Gordon Rae - 07772 652215.
Sacro values diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community
A full-time position has arisen to work as the Head of Gardens at the Mount Stuart Trust (www.mountstuart.com) on the beautiful Isle of Bute.
Mount Stuart’s gardens, amongst Europe’s finest, date back to 1718 when the 2nd Earl of Bute started laying out the gardens and grounds around the house. The 300 acres of wilderness, woodland, coastal and designed landscape have been developed over a period of almost three centuries. Today the gardens not only afford a magnificent space for walking and contemplation but can also play host to weddings, festivals, and large events.
The successful applicant will be responsible for:
- Ensuring that the gardens and related landscape of Mount Stuart are managed and maintained as an internationally recognised garden of outstanding historical and horticultural importance.
- Applying both standard and specialist horticultural practices.
- Leading and motivating the garden team to success by providing clear goals, promoting opportunities to learn and develop and creating an environment where the team are engaged and can flourish.
The position will report directly to the Head of Visitor Operations.
The Isle of Bute is a fantastic place to live with stunning beaches, good schools, coastal footpaths, golf courses and the recently opened Bute Yard (www.buteyard.com). The island is only 1.5 hours from Glasgow and the ferries run hourly to the mainland.How to Apply:
Please either apply with CV or organise an informal chat via email@example.com .Closing Date: January 1, 2024
Ninewells Hospital, Dundee
Ninewells Community Garden is looking for an enthusiastic person to work with our Garden Facilitators & volunteers. A large part of the job involves working with NHS & Care staff to provide opportunities for them to benefit from green and outdoor spaces. The post is fixed term to end of March 2026. Good project management and Microsoft skills are essential for the post. The post holder will work closely with the staff & volunteers who already deliver an extensive range of activities in Ninewells Community & Therapeutic Garden.
It is anticipated that this project will provide appropriate wellbeing tools to enable staff to facilitate their own wellbeing in the longer term. Nature based interventions will also be utilised to support patient recovery & rehabilitation.
For Job Description and Application Form see https://ninewellsgarden.org.uk/2023/11/27/we-are-recruiting-wellbeing-facilitator/
How to Apply:
Any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For Job Description and Application Forms see https://ninewellsgarden.org.uk/2023/11/27/we-are-recruiting-wellbeing-facilitator/Closing Date: December 18, 2023 Interview Date: Tuesday, 9 January, 2024
HOPE Organic Garden, Westway, Arbroath DD112NH. Some community based project work may be required
HOPE Garden is a registered charity that provides horticultural training for adults with learning disabilities in the Angus area. We are Soil Association Organic certified, growing seasonal produce for our shop, we also sell a variety of plants, shrubs, herbs and fruit bushes. This role offers you the chance to support a small garden team and make a positive impact in developing learning opportunities for adults with learning disabilities.
Key duties and responsibilities:
As a Head Gardener, you will be responsible for the day to day operational management of the garden and to work creatively and imaginatively to support and improve opportunities for trainees, volunteers and staff.How to Apply:
:To apply, send a CV and cover letter to email@example.com (please also email any further questions or phone 07963322457)Closing Date: November 26, 2023
Green Routes Stirling is a charity established in 2007. Our aims are ;
- The advancement of education and training for people with additional support needs and others disadvantaged in the labour market
- The development of employment opportunities for people with additional support needs and others disadvantaged in the labour market
- The advancement of sustainable development
Green Routes provides training in horticulture, rural skills, independent living skills, and also employability skills for those progressing on to our employability programme ‘Routes to Work’. For more information go to www.greenroutes.org.uk.
Our main centre is The Walled Garden at Gargunnock House, near Stirling, and we will also have a new base at Gartmore where students will work towards their RCHS Grow and Learn awards. At Gargunnock Walled Garden the emphasis will be on developing employability skills, with a focus on creating a garden enterprise.
We have a vacancy for a Rural Skills Tutor. The job will be based at Gargunnock initially but as Gartmore is developed the job holder will be required to work across both sites. The purpose of the job is to deliver training in horticulture,woodworking and animal husbandry to students with additional support needs.
Applicants should have experience of working with people with additional support needs and significant experience of delivering horticulture and woodwork training. Knowledge of animal husbandry is desirable as is a relevant teaching qualification
The job holder will be required to participate in a weekend on call rota with other staff to support, if necessary, young people looking after livestock. This will be remunerated.How to Apply:
For information on how to apply and a full job description contact firstname.lastname@example.orgClosing Date: November 13, 2023
Silverburn Park, Leven, KY8 5PU
Heart, Mind & Soul is a volunteer project based at Silverburn Park in Leven. Volunteers give their time to help us maintain the Walled Garden and 27 acres of mixed woodland. They are vital to keeping Silverburn beautiful. In return they will learn new skills, enjoy socialising with each other and hopefully feel a sense of achievement in giving their time to their community. Tasks include the removal of invasive species and weeds, planting trees and shrubs, litter-picking and much more.
What’s the Job
As the horticulture project lead, you will work with volunteers to regenerate the walled garden, and wider areas of Silverburn Park Estate. You’ll have experience and knowledge of ornamental gardening and a wealth of experience in community horticulture. You’ll organise and supervise the volunteers doing practical tasks throughout the park. Working closely with the Volunteer Progression Officer (VPO), you will support volunteers in their progression towards qualifications through SQA, John Muir and other awards.
Delivering activities which will help implement the overall Park master-plan, Conservation Management Plan and Urban Woodland Management Plan supported by individual and group volunteers, peer supporters, local community members and partnership organisations
More information about the job can be found in the job description.
If this sounds like you then you can apply here Horticulture Application
Closing date: 6th August 2023
What we offer
FEAT and HM&S foster a supportive and inclusive culture, where working as a team and helping each other to constantly improve is at our core.
We offer a comprehensive induction, ongoing training as well as weekly support and supervision. Ongoing training is part of the role where we offer a mixture of required training and personal development flexibility.
Organisationally we offer a competitive salary, pension and generous holiday allowance. FEAT are a Disability Confident employer and encourage applications from all members of the community including disabled applicants.
Whilst FEAT are a flexible employer, this role is based at Silverburn Park, with some volunteer meetings in the local community. The role allows a degree of autonomy and trust to achieve the best possible results for clients. On successful completion of probation, usually six months, we are happy to discuss other flexible work options.How to Apply:
We are also open to answering any questions about the role or the service in general. You can reach Martin McDonald, HM&S Project Lead by phone: 07736 901047 or email@example.com,or Wendy People & Operations Lead by phone: 07736 901022 or firstname.lastname@example.orgClosing Date: August 6, 2023
The Jeely Training Garden, 55 Machrie Drive, Castlemilk, Glasgow
Help Yourself Grow is a horticultural training programme for young adults with a learning disability and other additional support needs. The programme has been established since 2016.
We are looking for an experienced gardener or trainer who could join our small team to deliver structured sessions at our Castlemilk training garden.
Often the trainees who come to our programme have found mainstream learning challenging, but are keen to enjoy the benefits of gardening and learn new things. Our programme develops a wide range of skills including numeracy, literacy, team working and communication, as well as helping friendships to develop.
You must be a confident gardener, well organised and have a can-do attitude. You will be expected to support learning, encourage participation as well as keeping trainees safe within the training environment, so a knowledge of health and safety within a garden setting would be advantageous.How to Apply:
For further information and a job description please email Gailcochrane@fair-deal.org or call Gail on 079016223679.
To apply, please provide an up-to-date CV with covering letter to email@example.com.Closing Date: July 31, 2023