East Lancashire Hospice

Garden and Grounds Maintenance Volunteer

Role: Garden and Grounds Maintenance

Location: East Lancashire Hospice

Accountable to: Maintenance Coordinator

(They will be your main point of contact while volun­te­ering. They will provide you with the support and supervision necessary for you to perform your role)

Role requirements: Two Satisfactory references

Enhanced DBS check (an enhanced DBS check will only be required for those roles which involve regular, unsupervised contact with patients)

Role Summary

Under supervision and direction of Maintenance staff, to participate in the annual programmed and ad hoc grounds and garden maintenance work within the hospice surro­un­dings.

When we need you to be available

Below are the time slots that we need volunteers to carry out this role. You can volunteer for one or more than one-time slot. You will be asked to detail your availa­bility on your application form.

DAY Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun Ad hoc hours by arrangement
Morning X X X X X      
Afternoon X X X X X      

Skills, knowledge, abilities and qualities

  • Experience of general gardening and maintenance
  • Good commu­nica­tion skills
  • To interact as part of a team

What we would like you to do

  • Plant, prune and caring for shrubs as necessary
  • Clean and maintain the water features within the garden area
  • Weeding flower beds and mowing of lawns
  • Planting and maintaining vegetable plots
  • Helping to maintain the garden tools, garden buildings, including shed outhouse and greenhouse
  • Undertaking minor repairs and to garden furniture
  • Moving garden furniture and equipment when required
  • Helping with the care and treatment of garden furniture and wood fencing

General Requirements

Undertake training and development applicable to the role.

Be friendly, respectful and courteous to patients, visitors, staff, customers and other volunteers at all times

To ensure the information you have access to as part of your role is kept secure and confi­den­tial.

Work at all times to safeguard the rights of individuals promoting their wellbeing and protecting those at risk from harm by advising staff of any concerns.

Act in a way that upholds the hospice’s values which are:

  • Patients are individuals and have a right to respect, privacy, dignity and choice
  • Staff and volunteers are vital to the hospice’s success, and it is their contri­bution which provides the hospice with its quality service and reputation
  • Our services should be focused on meeting our patients’ requirements
  • Value for money is achieved making the most effective use of available resources
  • Ensure that personal actions and conduct apply with hospice policies and procedures
  • Ensure effective use of hospice resources

Review of this description

This role description is intended as an outline of general areas of activities and will be amended in the light of changing needs of the hospice.