Gardens Assistant Cyrenians

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Organisation information


Charity registered in Scotland SC011052

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Aims & objectives

Edinburgh Cyrenians Trust was formed in 1968 by local people out of concern for the evident problem of homelessness in Scotland’s capital city. Key areas of work include: - Family & people - Home & housing - Work & skills - Community & food Projects include the Cyrenian Farm and Fareshare Edinburgh & Lothians.
Job number
Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Morningside
Time of attendance
8:30 - 4:30 plus additional time for training
No of references
Hours (per week)
Tues, Weds, Fri core hours
Salary (£/hr)
£9 per hour

Job description

Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens

Gardens Assistant

Cyrenians is an award winning charity dedicated to enabling people facing tough times to improve their situation and move to a better future.

The Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens is an NHS Lothian initiative with a mission to make opportunities for good food and healthy lifestyles available to the local communities in which NHS Lothian hospitals are based.

The gardens have a particular focus on welcoming people who are experiencing mental or physical health problems, disadvantage, isolation or poverty. We are accountable to the NHS Community Gardens Steering Group and as well as engaging with staff and patients from the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, we work with a whole range of schools, community groups and individuals. The site is owned by NHS Lothian.

Who benefits from the Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens?

• Patients and staff at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital

• People who are experiencing mental or physical health problems

• Local community groups using the space

• School groups of all ages

• Companies looking for both corporate social responsibility benefits and environmental education

• Citizens concerned by environmental and food security issues

Fundamental to this is ensuring that activities in the garden are well organised and properly managed on a day-to-day basis. This should ensure that the Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens is a safe, secure and healthy place for all people to relax, enjoy the outdoors and healthy living elements of the project benefiting themselves and each other. Making it safe, secure and healthy for all requires having some rules, policies and procedures and clear guidelines which the Garden Co-ordinator will have responsibility for implementing.

Tasks and Responsibilities

The Gardens Assistant will work at the Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens in Edinburgh, assisting the Garden Coordinator with a wide range of tasks. These will include:

• Welcoming new participants to the gardens

• General garden maintenance including weeding, sowing, planting out and plant care.

• Some responsibility for tools maintenance

• Supporting the Gardens Coordinator with administrative tasks

• Helping prepare for public events where appropriate

• Working with various community groups and volunteers to maintain and develop the gardens

• Potential to get involved with joinery and outdoor cooking projects

Person specification

We are looking to recruit someone who can show evidence of the following values and attributes:

The common basic attributes for working with Cyrenians in any role are:

• Being reliable: e.g. punctuality; meeting deadlines; ensuring completion; taking responsibility

• Trustworthy: i.e. personal honesty & integrity in all things

• Personable: i.e. your appearance and manner is acceptable to all

• Sociable: i.e. being socially aware and skilled and able to get on with others

• Capable: i.e. having the core skills and abilities to do the job and contribute to the team and workplace

• Committed to Cyrenians core values of respect, compassion, integrity and innovation

In addition we are looking to appoint someone as Assistant Gardener who can show evidence of the following:

• Conscientious, practical, committed and hard working

• Committed to learning and developing new knowledge and skills

• Patient and respectful of all people, whatever their background or presenting behaviour

• Able to engage well with members of the public and people making use of the gardens

• An interest in or knowledge of our Community Gardens project, or other community garden projects

Additional information

Expertise as a gardener not required! An interest in horticulture and an enjoyment of working with other people in an outdoor setting is a must

PVG/disclosure requirements

Required - Cannot start until successful Disclosure/PVG scheme membership is received