Horticulture Assistant & Development Worker



Job Type



Mental Health


South East

Horticulture Assistant & Development Worker 

Hours - 7.5 hours per week (possibility to increase to 15 hours)
Bromley - Kent
Salary: £9.57 ph
Reports to: Horticulture Project Officer

Ambient specialises in providing services for older adults and adults with learning difficulties and mental health needs. We work with a diverse client group both within the community and in our accommodation services. This role sits within our Community Engagement and Inclusion Services.

The Community Engagement and Inclusion Services consists of Branching Out Horticulture Project, Credo ceramics workshops and Harmony singing group. These services are funded through various grants.

The Branching Out Horticulture Project gives volunteer participants the opportunity to learn about horticulture and engage with their local environment. It provides chances for participants to learn new skills and work within a team environment which helps them to improve their mental wellbeing.
Throughout Ambient’s Community Engagement and Inclusion Services the emphasis is on the provision of high-quality services which respond to the needs of participants, and seeks to maintain dignity, privacy and freedom of choice for each individual and supports their wellbeing through connection and creative activity.

Role description
The role of the Horticulture Assistant & Development Worker is to support in the management of the Branching Out Project. The post holder will do this by assisting the Project Officer in planning, organising and leading practical horticultural activities as well as undertaking contracted work.
The Horticulture Assistant & Development Worker will also assist the Project Officer in building a trusting relationship with participants and volunteers to maintain and improve their quality of life through engaging in horticulture and the gardening process to increase independence, confidence, connection, vocation skills and wellbeing. Some of the people we work with have a range of physical health and learning needs in addition to their mental health needs who might need more practical support to engage fully in the group gardening process. The focus of this worker will be on developing and growing the service by attracting new work and securing additional funding.

•    The Horticulture Assistant & Development Worker will assist the Project Officer as required in ensuring the smooth running of the service and supporting its growth through securing additional funding and work.
Main functions * To assist the Project Officer as and when needed in managing, planning, organising and leading the delivery of horticultural projects & contracted work
•    Initiate organise and lead groups of people with mental illness in delivering horticultural projects and contracted work by practical demonstration, tuition and supervision.
•    To support the Project Officer in supervising volunteers and participants undertaking work projects ensuring their wellbeing and adherence to health and safety guidelines.
•    To be responsible for supporting the Project Officer to deliver a high-quality horticultural service with stakeholders and contractors.
•    To be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of all tools and equipment used by the project.
•    To transport volunteers and equipment to sites for contracted work using the leased vehicles provided and maybe lead a small gardening team during busy periods.
•    Liaise with partner organisations to develop and promote clients potential and mental wellbeing whilst on the programme. Promoting skills for life opportunities, employment and volunteer opportunities.
•    To support volunteers enabling them to integrate into their local community by organising events and work projects enabling stakeholders, partners and the community to work together.
•    To promote continuous service development and improvement including working towards a social-enterprise model of sustainability within the gardening service
•    Provide innovative and creative solutions that develop the work of the service and demonstrate continuous service development and improvement towards sustainability through commissioned/contracted work.
•    To develop the Horticulture Hub to ensure it is a well-used community space and developing positive partnerships with new community groups
•    To develop new workshops fostering service user and community involvement linking in with partner organisations and organise taster days and events to show case the Hub.
•    Prepare and submit written reports as required and attend team meetings with the Horticulture Project Officer and Business Development Manager.
•    Respond as appropriate to any complaints or queries in line with agreed procedures.
•    To undertake any other duties commensurate with the level of the post, as required to ensure the efficient and effective running of the project.

In return for your hard work, we offer our Horticulture Assistant & Development Worker:

  • All staff are entitled to 5.6 weeks (28.0 days pro rata for hours worked) annual leave per annum. No additional leave is given for bank holidays.
  • Ambient Support operates a free employee benefits discount scheme. This gives discounts on many retailers on the high street and over the internet.
  • We also offer a bike to work scheme and a childcare voucher discount scheme.
  • Excellent career progression, extensive training and support will be provided. We also offer a wide range of qualifications including RQF (formerly NVQ/QCF) in Adult Social Care. There is opportunity to progress to more .
  • Thorough induction, e-learning, classroom training including manual handling, dementia awareness and shadow shifts with experienced members of the team.
  • To be a part of a company that believes all people are unique and they should be able to lead valued lives in their communities treated with dignity and respect, no matter their age, health condition or disability. We know this is a challenging role, so we are hoping to find resilient people who can see this as more than job – this is a chance to make a real difference, that will not only enrich someone else's life but also yours.