Leeds, West Yorkshire
Voluntary Position
10 Apr 2018
10 Jul 2018
Long Term

Candlelighters provides financial, emotional and practical support to every family affected by childhood cancer in Yorkshire.

The Candlelighters Cottage will be a home from home for families whose children are receiving cancer treatment at Leeds Children's Hospital.

The Cottage will have a small back garden and we are looking for an experienced gardener to plan and maintain the garden and ensure it provides a relaxing and peaceful environment for families to enjoy all year round. This will include

  • Planting, weeding and pruning as needed
  • Clearing and tidying all parts of the garden
  • Cutting and maintaining the lawn
  • Clearing and maintaining paths
  • Other practical tasks to keep the garden looking its best
  • Looking after garden equipment
  • Supervising corporate volunteers helping with ‘one-off’ gardening activities or projects

We are looking for a volunteer who

  • Is an experienced gardener (professional experience preferred but not essential)
  • Has a knowledge of plant and flower care
  • Has a good level of fitness and is able to meet the physically demanding aspects of the role
  • Has a good understanding of relevant health and safety issues
  • Is prepared to work outside in various weather
  • Is able to advise and guide corporate volunteers assisting with particular gardening activities
  • Has the ability to interact (professionally and unobtrusively) with family members who may use the garden
  • Is able to manage own emotions when interacting with  families affected by childhood cancer
  • Is able to follow Candlelighters policies and procedures, including health and safety, confidentiality, professional boundaries and safeguarding

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