Garden Activity Volunteers needed for Spring & Summer
GARDEN ACTIVITY VOLUNTEER
Volunteer Activity/Position Description
Purpose of Position:
Garden activity volunteers assist the HORTICULTURAL THERAPIST in gardening with residents of Banfield. The focus is providing the tools and support to residents so they can garden as independently as possible. The program provides residents with sensory and cognitive stimulation, involvement in familiar and new activities, social interaction and opportunities to strengthen self-esteem. Volunteers support residents to actively engage in gardening experiences and nature crafts either on a one-to-one basis or in a group setting.
Report to staff to discuss the days scheduled activity. The location and type of gardening activity may change due to weather conditions.
Assist with program set-up and take down (gathering program equipment and returning them to storage at the end of the shift)
Escort participating residents to the garden/activity area and back to their units when the program ends. Please remember to erase their name from the white board to show they are back on the Unit. Always sign-out a resident on the white board before you leave the Unit. Please include the time, the resident’s full name and where you are taking them.
As directed by staff, provide support either on a one-to-one basis to pre-selected residents or to a group of residents with gardening. Some activities take place in a garden area and projects include seed planting, indoor and outdoor plant maintenance and propagation, vegetable and herb harvesting, nature crafts, arranging flowers and more. If raining or snowing the activity will be brought inside to the OT activity room. Volunteers are still required to report to the horticultural therapist before and after each session to provide feedback, and to receive instruction/ideas for upcoming gardening sessions.
Skills or Qualifications Required:
Some gardening and /or crafts experience is appreciated, but is not required. A friendly disposition, initiative and willingness to learn matters more. Remember our residents have experience and can teach you a lot!
Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Interest in supporting residents whose own communication skills and physical abilities may be limited.
Interest in therapeutic programming and appreciation for the therapeutic value of gardening.
Shift Days /Times:
Mondays from 10:00am–12:00pm
Tuesdays from 11:00am–12:30pm or 1:00–3:00pm
Supervising Staff Person:
Banfield hosts several special events throughout the year to provide entertainment and social stimulation for the residents. You may be asked to volunteer in addition to your regular shift. These shifts are not mandatory, but are appreciated and may allow you to interact with the residents differently from your regular shift.