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Growing Support is a not for profit Community Interest Company (CIC). Our registered company number is 8354809. Community Interest Companies differ from other companies in that they have to carry out activities which fulfil a social purpose. Our purpose is to tackle loneliness, social isolation and inactivity experienced by people with health and social care needs, particularly older people and people with dementia.

We’re Recruiting!

We are looking for a talented social and therapeutic horticulture facilitator with community development skills to join our award winning and friendly team.

Job title: Project Officer and Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Facilitator

Location: Care homes in and around the Bristol area

Start: ASAP, contract runs to 31 October 2018

Salary: £11 per hour, 3 days per week (Mon – Weds), applications for job share will be considered

Duties will include:

  • Support the delivery of the Community Development for Older People – Care Homes project using an asset based community development approach to delivering an older person led programme of nature based activities in 4 care homes in Bristol.
  • Facilitate social and therapeutic horticulture activities for older people and people with dementia in care homes
  • Contribute to Growing Support’s overall development and practice

Your work should mostly take place in care homes for older people in and around Bristol though you may be asked to work in other settings such as community gardens or day services for older people.

The successful applicant will be expected to have their own transport and be able to take tools and resources from the storage facility in Knowle to and from client locations. They must also have access to own computer and software compatible with Microsoft Office.

Download the full job description by clicking here , the application form  by clicking here and the equal opportunities form by clicking here

To apply, please email your application form and equal opportunities monitoring form to by 5pm 7 March 2018. First interviews will be held in Bristol on 12th March 2018. There will be a second interview, including a visit to one of our activity sessions for short listed candidates.

If you have queries please call Dale on 07581 281 578 or email us on

Meet the team behind Growing Support

defaultDale Cranshaw, Director.
Dale is an experienced community development manager with a focus on developing and delivering services for vulnerable people. He is trained in permaculture design and has lived and worked on various organic ‘care farms’ and community growing projects. Dale holds a Professional Development Diploma in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture from Coventry University. This qualification is the baseline standard for accreditation for social and therapeutic horticulture services from the Association of Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioners (ASTHP). 

Victoria Hill, Director.IMG_0359
Victoria brings strategic and financial experience to Growing Support. Previously she worked as Strategy and Development Director for SafeLives – a national domestic violence charity. Prior to this she worked in strategy and commercial planning for Sainsburys and qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG. Victoria is a Trustee for StreetGames, a national youth development charity that brings doorstep sport to young people in disadvantaged communities and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

John Bowen

John Bowen, Member of the Management Committee.   John works for the Bristol and Avon Law Centre. He was a trustee of landmark Bristol social enterprise, the Watershed Media Centre, for 18 years and is currently Associate Governor of a Bristol primary school. He became a volunteer for Growing Support in spring 2013 and is now also a member of the Management Committee along with Dale and Victoria. In 2014 John won the Bristol Green Volunteer Leader of the Year Award.


Samantha Grief, Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Facilitator

Sam Grief small fileSam joined Growing Support from The Big Issue where she looked after the welfare of people experiencing homelessness, as well as managing a team of volunteers. She also brings to the team valuable experience as a volunteer herself at Windmill Hill and Bath City Farms. Prior to this Sam worked for Business in the Community, leading a project helping people who had been homeless back to work. She has a passion for gardening, walking and just generally being outdoors and is also studying for her RHS Level 2 qualification.

Kath LemanKath Leman, Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Facilitator.
Kath has worked in the voluntary sector in Bristol, Bath and North Somerset for 18 years, She has worked with young people, in homelessness, with asylum seekers and refugees, and more recently with carers. Kath is in the last few months of study before qualifying as an Occupational Therapist. She has recently enjoyed volunteering with a dementia activity group in North Somerset, she has a Level 2 RHS qualification in Principles of Horticulture and has an allotment.

Sarah Mountford, Volunteer Coordinator

Sarah MounthfordSarah worked in the eduction sector for nearly ten years. After having a family, she decided it was time for a change. Her career with Growing Support began as a volunteer helping to support our gardening groups. She now recruits and trains our volunteer team and helps match volunteers to gardening groups. Sarah loves spending time outdoor and growing things, particularly those she can eat.

Amy Stone, Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Facilitator

Amy has more than 10 years experience of community development and  nature based education projects including working for The Royal Parks, the RSPB and Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership. Amy runs our community gardening groups enabling older people to work alongside their neighbours to improve the local green spaces where they live.

Impact Measurement Advisory Team

Professor Richard Cheston, Professor of Mental Health Research (Dementia) at the University of the West of England

Dr Jude Hancock, Coordinator of the Dementia Health Integration Team at Bristol Health Partners

Professor Yoav Ben Schlomo, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at Bristol University