Gardening Volunteer

We’re looking to find some green-fingered volunteers to support the maintenance and development of our beautiful outdoor spaces. You’ll be involved in a variety of practical gardening tasks and we can discuss the weekdays and times that suit you – this role will suit someone with a keen interest and some gardening knowledge and experience. You’ll be playing a key part in creating safe and welcoming places for our patients and their families to enjoy. If you have skills to share or are looking to develop your horticultural experience, we would love to hear from you.

The Gardening Volunteer role is on weekdays (flexible) at our hospice in Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

The Main Tasks are: - Lawn / shrub maintenance - Planting and weeding - Composting - Watering - A variety of other horticultural tasks as required across mixed shrub and herbaceous borders, raised beds and planters, lawns, hedges, trees, pathways, a children\\\'s play garden and a variety of courtyard gardens - Opportunities to contribute to the development of the gardens

About St Oswalds

St Oswald's provides specialist care for local adults, young people and children.

We are situated in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne and our purpose-built facilities offer a range of flexible services to North East families.

Within our adult service, we offer a day hospice, lymphoedema service, an inpatient unit, complementary therapy service, consultant outpatient clinic and an outreach service.

Adults with life limiting conditions are referred to us for pain and symptom management and end of life care. We care for patients with Cancer, as well as those with end stage neurological, cardiac and respiratory conditions.

Within our Children's Service, we offer specialist short breaks to children with life limiting conditions and their families. Children from 0 - 18 can benefit from our care at St Oswald's. Within the last few months, we've also begun developing a pilot service for young adults, aged 18-25, to enable us to continue to support children in our care who are reaching adulthood and perhaps those who have already left the service

Our multi-disciplinary team at St Oswald's includes doctors, nurses, physios, occupational therapists, social workers, chaplain support and complementary therapists.

We are a registered charity. Our annual running costs amount to £8.5 million of which £6.5 million must be raised through voluntary giving.

We make no charge for any of our services, ensuring hospice care is available to everyone.

To provide 24-hour care, 7 days a week Inpatient services supported by a team of skilled and appropriately trained staff and volunteers.

To provide holistic, multi-disciplinary care which meets physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs.

To provide end of life care for patients and to offer immediate bereavement support to relatives and carers.

To enable the safe discharge of patients to their own homes, once their inpatient stay is completed or safe transition to another health care provider.

What skills do I need?

Personal Qualities / Skills / Experience required: - Ability to adhere to and demonstrate organisational values and standards of behaviour as outlined at - Gardening experience / knowledge - Enthusiastic and flexible approach - Ability to work independently as well as part of a team - Ability to carry out tasks that involve occasional heavy manual handling or strenuous tasks beneficial

For further information on volunteering/to apply for the Gardening Volunteer role please visit our website at

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  • Civic Responsibility and Communities
  • Environment
  • Health and Social Care


  • Gardening
  • Outdoors
  • Practical Skills
  • Supporting Charities


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
    Age 16 and above
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Vulnerable Adults Policy (where relevant)
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 07/06/2021

End Date: 05/09/2021

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Availability Details

To commence as soon as possible.


Regent Avenue,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
Newcastle Upon Tyne