Charity registered in Scotland SC037988
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.
REAP is an independent local charity based in Keith, founded in 1997 and operating throughout Moray. REAP has done various types of community and environmental work over the last 20+ years but our focus has always been on helping individuals and communities find solutions.
At the moment we have two broad strands of work:
Food and growing – helping people grow and eat more of their own food, compost more, take part in therapeutic gardening and environmental improvement, get outside more and cut their carbon footprint.
Energy saving advice – helping people with switching tariffs, cutting their bills through energy-saving behaviours, advising on availability of grants and loans, helping people find the help they are eligible for and training volunteers to be energy champions who can support their friends and neighbours to save energy and save money and working to promote community-led social and environmental projects including energy advice, local food and growing initiatives. REAP also offers community consultation and research services on a consultancy basis.
We welcome volunteer directors to join our staff team and current Board who are keen to help REAP make a difference in our local communities.
You don’t need any specific skills or experience to join the Board, just an interest in REAP’s work. To find out more read on and explore the website or give us a call for an informal chat.
If you’ve never been a Trustee, our current Board members and staff will support you. If you’re a seasoned Trustee, we will be glad to have the benefit of your experience. Being on a Board is rewarding, makes a little bit of your time go a long way, and is useful experience. REAP’s Board members must be 18 years or older.
Organisation aims and objectives
Support to community groups and individuals around the broad theme of sustainable development.