The REAP Therapeutic Garden Worker will be responsible for supporting the development of the Maryhill Therapeutic Gardens, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund until August 2024.
The Maryhill Therapeutic Gardens project is an exciting project that implements nature-based interventions to improve the mental, social and physical wellbeing of its users.
The role of the REAP Therapeutic Garden Worker will be to take the lead in promoting and developing mental and physical wellbeing while supporting people with lived experience of mental health problems to be active outdoors doing gardening, food growing, and other activities in nature. The post requires a team approach, working closely with the Community Gardener and Project Manager in overseeing activities in the garden. This will include planning gardening tasks and running the therapeutic gardening sessions with a particular emphasis on creating and developing a healing and welcoming place for all. Utilising previous experience and an awareness of the mental health sector the post holder will undertake client recruitment, liaise with referring agencies and conduct an evaluation of the project’s therapeutic impact on clients. A range of evaluation approaches will be implemented via surveys, interviews and assessments. Further, a team of volunteers will be recruited to support the work in the garden and support and training of this group will be ongoing throughout the project.