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Volunteer Gardener


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Southport DGH
17/02/2020 23:59

The Trust has about 250 volunteers supporting staff and patients across our hospitals and in community health services.

These include welcomers at main hospital entrances, volunteers helping in the wards and in the hospital gym. Community volunteers support the stop smoking team, psychology team and carry out patient surveys as well as helping at Trust events.

The Trust values its volunteers and recognises the difference they make on a daily basis to the lives to of our patients, families, visitors and staff.

The  volunteer gardener will be required to work on an ad hoc basis and with a certain degree of autonomy to maintain our staff and patient outdoor areas. This role does not involve any heavy maintenance duties or tree surgery.

Please open the attached volunteer role description for more information.

You need to be at least 18-years-old. We have no upper age limit, providing you are reasonably fit and well. We usually ask for commitment to four hours’ volunteering a week for a minimum period of six months. However, there may be circumstances where adjustments can be made to ensure volunteer recruitment meets the requirements of protected groups described in the Equality Act 2010.

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We are looking to recruit volunteers to contribute towards the maintenance and upkeep of the patient and staff gardens.

The Baby Garden at Ormskirk hospital has recently been renovated and re-dedicated and is a tranquil sanctuary for parents and families to sit and remember, reflect or relax.

The Garden of Reflection at Southport hospital is somewhere for staff, patients and visitors to sit and relax, recharge their batteries or reflect amidst mature trees and shrubs with solar lighting and sunny seating areas.

The Education Centre garden is a great place for staff to sit on sunny days to study, eat lunch or just take five.


To carry out a range of general gardening duties including:

• Weeding, deadheading, planting and pruning

• Clearing pathways and keeping garden areas tidy

• Watering during dry spells

For further information please contact Irene Gardner, Volunteer Services Manager on 01704 704796, or alternatively via e-mail