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Forty Hall Vineyard is a community led-social enterprise, which grows grapes on ten acres of organically managed vineyard at Forty Hall Farm in Enfield, north London. As a multi award-winning, community-led, horticultural social enterprise, it delivers skills development, health and social benefits to local people. FHV offers exciting opportunities for safe, supported volunteering in a beautiful and unique outdoor setting. The services are open to all members of the community, but we particularly encourage people with mild to moderate mental health support needs to participate.
The Flourish Project, led by Forty Hall Vineyard and funded by The Big Lottery Fund, ensures that the benefits of volunteering at Forty Hall Farm and Vineyard are open to all and are accessible to vulnerable adults in particular. Ecotherapists offer support at weekly volunteering sessions throughout the year along with opportunities to try new skills and wellbeing activities such as mindfulness, yoga, art and cooking
Contract: FHV is looking for a freelance subcontractor (registered self-employed with HMRC) for 12 months (which may be extended depending on funding)
Rate: £14 per hour
Hours: Average of 30 hours a month including:
· Monday volunteer session 9am – 12.30pm
· 2 Sunday volunteer sessions per month 9.30am – 1pm
· Extra hours for outreach, events, meetings, evaluation/reporting, training, etc. (average 4 hours)
Location: Volunteer support sessions on site at the vineyard at Forty Hall Farm, Enfield EN2 9HA. Other activity at the job-holder’s discretion
Responsible to: Forty Hall Vineyard Head of Operations
Experience and knowledge
We are looking for applicants with experience of working with mental health or other support needs, ideally gained in horticultural outdoor setting. You will have a good understanding of mental health issues gained through training or personal experience and an interest in the benefits of ecotherapy for mental wellbeing.
Candidates will have worked with diverse communities and have an understanding and commitment to equality and diversity. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the vineyard and we would like to hear from candidates who have a good understanding of and/ or who have worked with volunteer projects.
Skills and abilities
We are looking for applicants with excellent communication skills and who are able to be a ‘listening ear’ for all volunteers in particular those with mental health needs. You will have the resilience and adaptability to deal with a varied working environment and are able to work confidently and flexibly through periods of change and development.
As part of a small team of contractors and staff you will have contact with volunteers, stakeholders, board members and external agencies and will be able to maintain a professional attitude and boundaries in your working relationships. Whilst not essential, it would be very helpful to have experience of Microsoft Office and social media.
If you would like to apply, please send an up-to-date CV including 2 referees and a cover letter outlining your relevant skills and experience for the position. Please keep to a maximum of 2 sides of A4 and email your application form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 18th July 2021
Interviews: w/c 26th July 2021
The successful candidate will be required to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.
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