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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.

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Alive Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Facilitator

Alive is taking on Growing Support’s work, please see their website for more information

Alive is the UK’s leading charity enriching the lives of older people in care and training their carers. We are seeking a talented individual to lead social and therapeutic horticulture workshops with older people in care homes, including people living with dementia. Workshop activities will include horticulture, growing fruit, vegetables and flowers to wildlife/nature based activities and nature based crafts. Facilitators will encourage a sense of purpose and achievement, stimulating and facilitating social interaction, engagement and reminiscence within the groups. They will also take the lead on the development and delivery of a community horticultural therapy session in South Bristol, which takes place fortnightly.

This is an amazing opportunity to join a vibrant and innovative charity, and to bring enjoyment and vitality to some of the most vulnerable older people in our communities.

The role will suit someone with a passion for life, who is in touch with their extrovert side and able to connect easily with others. Experience of facilitating groups and working with vulnerable adults is essential.

You will need access to a car and be happy and able to travel around Bristol and the surrounding counties on a regular basis to deliver workshops. You need to be available at least four days per week (Tuesday to Friday).

The rate of pay is £11 per hour plus mileage. Full training and mentoring will be provided by our expert team.

The closing date is  9am 17th May.

Please see the Alive website for further information and to apply. 

Meet the team behind Growing Support


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