The Maryhill Therapeutic Gardens is an exciting project that implements nature-based interventions to improve the mental, social and physical wellbeing of its users.
REAP Therapeutic Garden Worker
The REAP Therapeutic Garden Worker will be responsible for supporting the development of the Maryhill Therapeutic Gardens, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund until August 2024. The role of the REAP Therapeutic Garden Worker will be to take the lead in promoting and developing mental and physical wellbeing while supporting people with lived experience of mental health problems to be active outdoors doing gardening, food growing, and other activities in nature. The post requires a team approach, working closely with the Community Gardener and Project Manager in overseeing activities in the garden. This will include planning gardening tasks and running the therapeutic gardening sessions with a particular emphasis on creating and developing a healing and welcoming place for all. Utilising previous experience and an awareness of the mental health sector the post holder will undertake client recruitment, liaise with referring agencies and conduct an evaluation of the project’s therapeutic impact on clients. A range of evaluation approaches will be implemented via surveys, interviews and assessments. Further, a team of volunteers will be recruited to support the work in the garden and support and training of this group will be ongoing throughout the project.
Based in Elgin, 13 hours per week, £23,200 pro rata. The post will be a 3 years fixed term contract.
REAP Community Gardener
The REAP Community Gardener will be responsible for supporting the development of the Maryhill Therapeutic Gardens, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund until August 2024. The REAP Community Gardener position is a fantastic position for an individual with a good understanding of sustainable methods of growing, interested in creating a beautiful, therapeutic space with our clients – mental health service users and a team of volunteers. The REAP Community Gardener will co-ordinate activities in the Garden, including planning gardening tasks in consultation with the REAP Therapeutic Garden Worker and volunteers while helping to run weekly gardening sessions. They will be responsible for working with, training and supporting the team of volunteers in partnership with the REAP Manager and REAP Therapeutic Garden Worker. They will lead on providing learning opportunities for the clients such as food growing and composting workshops. They will be responsible for managing the site and ensuring that the materials and tools are supplied timeously. They will be a confident user of MS Office software and Internet and social media tools.
Based in Elgin, 10½ hours per week, £20,000 pro rata. The post will be a 3 years fixed term contract.
Deadline for both applications is Thursday 24th June, 10am
For more information and to apply please visit www.reapscotland.org.uk/our-people/vacancies/