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Rachel House Hospice Garden Volunteer

Volunteer gardeners are an integral part of the hospice garden team, planting, clearing leaves, cutting grass and making the garden a welcoming and relaxing environment for children and families.

It’s important to CHAS that the Rachel House garden looks its best at all times to help families relax as possible during their stay at the hospice and also fun for the children.

What activities will I be involved in? 

  • Grass cutting
  • General gardening: weeding, clearing leaves, tidying
  • Assisting with planting, pruning etc.
  • Assisting in the development of new areas of ground
  • Keeping paths and driveways tidy

What skills and abilities will I need to have? 

  • A friendly personality
  • An enjoyment of gardening
  • A flexible approach
  • An ability to undertake physical work outdoors
  • Shared values with the organisation: respect, care, honesty, accountability 

How much time should I offer? 

At present you can volunteer for 2 or 3 hours per week. We are currently looking for volunteers with daytime availability Monday to Thursdays. This commitment is flexible and can be discussed with your supervisor.

Where is the opportunity based? 

This opportunity is currently available at Rachel House Hospice in Kinross.

What ongoing learning/support/guidance will I receive? 

It’s important to us that you feel happy, safe and confident in your role. As a CHAS volunteer you will be invited to complete a short core learning package that is tailored to your role.  

We are always developing new opportunities for volunteers to learn and offer a range of options for volunteers. 

What are the benefits to me? 

  • Learning new skills whilst having fun
  • Improved physical and mental health
  • Getting more involved and making a real difference to the families of children with a life-shortening condition.
  • Adding to your cv
  • Meeting new people
  • Having fun!

What are the benefits to the children and families supported by CHAS? 

Families supported by CHAS are often under a lot of strain so having a beautiful garden in which to relax can make all the difference to their stay at the hospice. 

What else should I know? 

You must be aged 14 or older for this role. 

This role requires membership of the PVG scheme (children only). There is a simple form to complete and we will assist you with this. You may already have a PVG form – if so you will only need to complete an update form. The process won’t cost you anything and having a criminal record will not automatically exclude you from volunteering. We will assess each applicant on an individual basis.

We will pay your out of pocket expenses in line with the CHAS volunteer expenses policy.

CHAS is committed to providing a quality volunteering experience to all volunteers free from discrimination and prejudice. Ensuring that CHAS is an equal, diverse, and inclusive organisation improve the quality of care we provide, help us reach more families and children, and maximise a wide variety of knowledge, experience and expertise.

We welcome volunteer applications from those who are refugees, asylum seekers, benefit claimants and those with a disability. We can provide more information on if you are allowed to volunteer and what adjustments we can put in place to ensure your volunteering experience is a positive one. You can contact us on 0131 444 1900 or volunteering@chas.org.uk

What's the next step?

If you’re interested in the role you can apply online.


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