Disability charity wants volunteers for its therapeutic garden in Battersea Park
With Spring just around the corner, a leading charity that supports disabled people is appealing for volunteers at its pioneering gardening project in Battersea Park.
National charity Thrive uses gardening and horticulture as therapies to help people with a range of disabilities. With the support of the council’s parks department, it has been working with disabled people at two locations in Battersea Park for many years – the Herb Garden and the Old English Garden.
The gardens offer safe and secure places where people can mix socially, make friends and learn practical skills to help them become more independent.
On a wider level, the charity aims to bring about profound transformations in the lives of those it supports by improving their physical and mental health. It also uses its gardening projects to teach disabled people the skills to find work or volunteering opportunities.
Now Thrive is looking to recruit volunteers to help in its new sales kiosk and office. Nathan Dippie who manages its work in Battersea Park said:
“We have a host of dedicated volunteers already working in the garden with our clients, which is fantastic, and now we need to add to the team as we look for people to help in our stylish new sales kiosk and assist with admin work in the office. Our retail volunteers will be required to sell plants and merchandise whilst providing great customer service to visitors.
“In the future we would like to train some of our client gardeners to help in this new social enterprise venture for Thrive Battersea, which is a great thing to be involved with. The kiosk is outside so volunteers would have to be prepared for this; however, if that’s not for you we also have some office-based opportunities. We are looking for people to help with administration duties like filing, answering the phone, helping project co-ordinators, ordering stock and database inputting.”
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March 3, 2015