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Volunteer Gardener - Forrest House, Forrest Lane


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Voluntary: Unpaid
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Forrest House, Forrest Lane
This is a voluntary role and has no salary
30/01/2023 23:59

Values Based Screener

At Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust we are looking for people to join us who share our values and those of the NHS. Before your application can be considered please take part on our online values questionnaire, which you can find below. When you have finished you will be sent a 'completion code' by email, which will be valid for 6 months and required to submit your application form.


Job overview

We are looking for a friendly volunteer to assist with the maintenance of garden areas.

Hertfordshire Partnerships University Foundation Trust (HPFT) is committed to providing excellent health and social care for people with mental ill health, physical ill health and those with learning disabilities. We do this by providing services which make a positive difference to the lives of patients, service users and their carers, underpinned by the principles of choice, independence and equality.

We provide integrated health and social care across community and inpatient settings treating and caring for people across Hertfordshire, Norfolk and North Essex.

Main duties of the job

·         To assist with the maintenance of garden. Tools will be provided. 

Examples include:

·        Weeding raised and ground-level beds; digging and forking in organic matter

·        Planting and aftercare (deadheading, watering, pruning) beds and containers

·        Cleaning and maintaining tools and equipment

Working for our organisation

HPFT recognises the valuable contribution of our volunteers in helping us HPFT recognises that although volunteers do not seek financial reward, they do appreciate and value recognition in other ways. All staff responsible for managing volunteers will be encouraged to ensure appropriate acknowledgement is given. This could range from a simple ‘thank you’ to a social event, acknowledging their involvement with projects in press releases, and through regular review meetings.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Volunteers bring commitment, skills, interest, energy and enthusiasm, and can work with us in many ways.  As we move towards increasingly co-produced and co-created services their strategic input is vital.  At a service delivery level, they can add value to statutory services by providing practical support to service users and carers, helping to overcome social isolation and supporting participation with the local community.  They have a strong role in raising mental health and learning disability awareness, and breaking down barriers, thus reducing stigma and discrimination. 

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Strong interest in gardening or willingness to learn (training will be provided)
Desirable criteria
  • Plant knowledge


Essential criteria
  • Confident when talking to people.
Desirable criteria
  • Good communication skills

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Trust IDMenopause Friendly EmployerMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.

Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Fojia Sultana
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Volunteer Lead
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