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Volunteer Gardener

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Role Location Leek, Staffordshire
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This is a Not applicable, 3 hour per week vacancy that will close in {x} days at {xx:xx} BST.

Would you like to gain some experience whilst really making a difference?

Are you interested in volunteering with a leading mental health charity?

If so, you may be the person we need  


We’re Rethink Mental Illness, a leading charity provider of mental health services in England. We support thousands of people through our groups, services, policy, campaigns and advice and information. Our work supports us in delivering on our mission: “A better life for everyone severely affected by mental illness.”

We are currently seeking Volunteer Gardeners to support our service at John Hall Garden  in Leek, Staffordshire. Our service is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 3pm, providing gardening activities as a way of improving mental health and wellbeing. We are based in a beautiful walled garden which we maintain, along with propagating plants to sell to the public and we also raise funds for the service.


What will you be doing?

You will  help us to maintain the garden and propagate plantsThis will include a variety of jobs, which may include  weeding, lawn care, planting, repairing items, sowing and raising seeds and young plants, growing vegetables, painting items in the garden and crafts associated with gardening. If you have any particular skills which you feel would be useful to the role, we would be happy to discuss other garden based ideas. In addition, you will also support people to use gardening as a way of improving and maintaining their mental health


What will you need?

  • Good physical health although tasks can be adapted but are generally of a physical nature.
  • Some gardening or practical skills would be useful, although you do not need to be an expert.
  • Basic computer skills to access training


Help us changes lives!


The Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator looking after this opportunity is Rebecca Dolphin. If you have any questions or to discuss alternative methods of applying please contact her at

We welcome applications from everyone, applicants with lived experience, those who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning+ (LGBTQ+), people with a disability, or those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are actively encouraged to apply. We are proud to have also been awarded Disability Confident employer status. We have an ambition of becoming an anti-racist organisation and we recognise there is more to do in ensuring our recruitment is fair and inclusive, which is why we are recruiting new roles in helping us to achieve this. Please be mindful that we may need to close adverts early if we receive a high volume of applications, we therefore encourage you to apply as soon as possible. If a shortened closing date has a significant impact on your ability to apply, please let us know.

The Company has experienced unprecedented growth over the past few years. We have a vast number of employees, and provide support to clients from all over the country.


We are passionate about leading the way to a better quality of life for everyone severely affected by mental illness.


We work tirelessly to provide support for everyone severely affected by mental illness.


We offer hope of a better quality of life for all those severely affected by mental illness.


We constantly use our expertise to provide practical and personal support for people who are severely affected by mental illness.


People who are severely affected by mental illness are at the heart of everything we do in our organisation – our membership, our governance and our workforce.


We believe that in a world where discrimination and disadvantage exist, treating people with equity is critical to ensure justice and fairness for all.


We are open and transparent in all our work with beneficiaries, supporters, partners and the public to achieve change for people severely affected by mental illness.

We understand that people volunteer for many different reasons and whatever your reason is for volunteering we’ll be there to support you every step of the way. You will receive an induction to ensure you feel confident in your role as well as regular supervision. You will also receive:

Training and development opportunities

Have a positive impact your own mental health as well as on others

Meet new people and increase your self-confidence

Enhance your CV and boost your employability. Gain a reference too!

Find a passion

Reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses

"My time as a Young Champion for Rethink Mental Illness has been a truly empowering experience! Not only did I contribute to the creation of inspiring mental health workshops, but I had the opportunity to deliver sessions to numerous young people. Seeing the impact of my contribution is certainly fulfilling, having witnessed the incredible support Rethink provides. I not only learned an immense amount about mental health but further developed my interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence."

"When I lost my daughter to suicide in 2015 I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, since joining Rethink as a volunteer peer group facilitator I have been able to do just that. The support from the team at Rethink and training opportunities have been fantastic. I really look forward to our weekly group meetings where we laugh, cry, and share without judgment and the solidarity is just amazing. I feel extremely proud and honoured to be a part of the healing process."

"I started volunteering at Field View crisis House around 4 years ago. Having been a service user myself, I enjoy giving something back to the service and helping people who need the support I've had at times. Sometimes I sit and talk to service users who often open up more when they realise I've needed help and still do at times. They feel I can understand them better. I also answer the office phone and the Lincsline which offers emotional support. It's good to come home and feel like I've done something positive."

"Starting out as a volunteer for the Rethink Advice and Information Service and transitioning into a full-time employee has been a wonderful journey. I’ve learned so much from my colleagues, other volunteers, and our clients. It has been and continues to be, an incredibly rewarding role. I genuinely love logging on for work in the morning. The team is so supportive and there is a real ‘practice what you preach’ mentality, with mental health at the forefront of everything we do."

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