Gardening volunteer

Leonard Cheshire

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Do you enjoy gardening? Do you have a positive attitude towards disabled people? Are you enthusiastic and open to learning? If so, we'd love to hear from you. 

Leonard Cheshire is a charity that supports disabled people to feel respected, valued and safe, choose where and how they live, and participate freely in social and leisure activities. 

Fethneys, in Worthing, is one of the many services we run in across the UK. It is a residential home for ten adults with severe physical disabilities and acquired brain injuries. 

The people who live at Fethneys are supported to be independent, healthy and active. There’s something for everyone and our great team of staff and volunteers run individual and group activities, including independent living training.

We are looking for a volunteer gardener to join this lovely team.

Your role will be to help with the upkeep of the service in general garden activities or to provide additional support to people who use our services on a 1-1 or group basis, independently or with other staff/volunteers dependent on activity/numbers taking part.  

The specific responsibilities are:

  • Supporting adults with physical disabilities to take part in group/ 1-1 activities
  • General garden duties
  • Be familiar with the risk assessment for the role.


You don't need have done something like this before. We are looking for people who like gardening and who have:

  • Positive attitude to working with disabled people
  • Enthusiasm
  • Good interpersonal skills

You must also be:

  • Reliable and trustworthy
  • Open to learning new skills
  • Willing to attend training
  • Committed to working within our aims, values, policies and procedures

We provide full induction training including;

  • Information on Leonard Cheshire
  • Leonard Cheshire’s policies and procedures, including boundaries
  • Disability rights & Communication
  • Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults (SOVA)


This is a lovely opportunity to improve the quality of life of severely disabled people.

You will get the chance to work in our beautiful garden.

You will meet new people.

This is a good opportunity to get experience for your CV if that interests you. 

Practical Considerations

We will need to carry out a DBS (data barring service) check. So you will need to provide some identification documents. We also need two references before you can start. 

All new volunteers will be introduced to relevant paid staff and other volunteers they may come into contact with.

This role will have an initial six week trial period.

Regular group review and support meetings will be arranged on a six-monthly basis.  Additional one-to-one support meetings can also be arranged if required.

When do I need to be available?

Details Suggested commitment is between 3-4 hours weekly
Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?

9 Farcombe Road
BN11 2BE

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Disabled Access
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Other
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
  • Support on Offer
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training