# 05 Dec, 2017 15:18
Becoming a buddy is an opportunity to gain skills and hands-on experience in support work and therapeutic gardening.
Our ecotherapy programme is structured for people with low-level mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety, isolation and low self-esteem. Buddy volunteers provide additional support to people referred to our service, assisting them with gardening tasks, as well as helping with the general running of the ecotherapy sessions. Buddies can make a huge impact to their wellbeing by helping to make their experience in the garden welcoming and purposeful.
We provide two days free training covering the aims of ecotherapy and how your volunteer role can benefit the people we support, plus issues to consider when supporting vulnerable adults with mental health needs, practical gardening skills and site safety.
The training will take place on two consecutive Fridays:
Friday 9 February, 10am to 4pm (held at One Place East, 98-100 Ilford Lane, Ilford, IG1 2LD)
Friday 16 February, 10am to 4pm (held at our garden in Hainault)
If you are interested in applying to be a volunteer buddy please read the role description to find out more and complete the short application form. Download below:
Buddy Volunteer Role Description 2018
Buddy Application Form 2018
The closing date for applications is Friday 2 February 2018.
After completion of the training, successful applicants are required to undertake an enhanced DBS check arranged by FFPG.
Please contact Fran Reeves, our Ecotherapy worker, if you would like to find out more about being a buddy on: mobile - 07525 125057, email [email protected]
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