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Volunteer Gardener

Title: Volunteer Gardener

Team: Rendon Lodge

Location: Leytonstone

Support and supervision from: Supported Housing Officer

Time Commitment: 4 hours, one day a month

 

What does Centrepoint do?

Centrepoint is the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people. It supports 9,000 16-25 year olds into housing and employment every year. Working directly in London, Yorkshire and the North East of England, Centrepoint also partners with other organisations across the UK and gives homeless young people a voice through the Centrepoint Parliament. It conducts research and influences government policy with the overall aim of ending youth homelessness. 

 

What team will you be supporting and what do they do?

Established in December 2016, Rendon Lodge is a low/medium support service consisting of 16 self-contained studio flats within 1 building which is staffed 24 hrs. This service is commissioned and funded by Waltham Forest Children’s Services Department. The service is commissioned to provide low/med levels of supported housing for young people leaving care and unaccompanied asylum seeking children. Service users require substantial support, guidance and assistance to develop the range of skills they need to manage their accommodation and be able to move on and maintain their own accommodation in the future.

 

Tasks and Responsibilities

  1. Manage the garden at the supported accommodation, keeping it presentable and a place that young people would want to spend their time.
  1. Maintain a small flower bed, and where possible, involve any interested young people in its ongoing upkeep.
  1. Where possible, involve young people in the general management of the garden, teaching them about planting and care for plants.
  1. Engage with staff about specific tasks that might need completing in the garden throughout the year.
  2. Engage with young people about what they might want to see in the garden and provide support to them in achieving it.

Volunteers should meet the following criteria

Essential:

  • Ability to communicate confidently and clearly with young people, other volunteers and staff
  • Understanding of the importance of teamwork; commitment to being part of a team
  • Experience/confidence in activities that young people may be keen to engage in.
  • Willing to engage in a variety of activities
  • Experience working with young people or disadvantaged groups is preferable
  • Able to work unsupervised.
  • Resilience, patience and an ability to motivate young people to participate in new activities.
  • Ability to remain calm when involved with challenging individuals and situations

Desirable:

  • Understanding of the issues – practical and emotional – facing young people
  • Good communication skills, written and oral – good telephone manner.
  • A commitment to demonstrating Centrepoint’s values.

Support for volunteers

Volunteers receive the following support throughout their volunteering:

  • Structured induction and training
  • Ongoing support and supervision from the volunteering team
  • Ongoing support and supervision from your supervisor
  • Access to further training
  • Travel and other reasonable expenses reimbursed

Interested?

If you are interested in applying for this position, the next step is to complete our application form. Application forms can be found here.

Please fill out the application form and return to volunteer@centrepoint.org

For more information please call 0845 466 3400 and ask to speak to a member of the Volunteering Team.

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