Abbey Physic Community Garden
Abbey Place, Faversham, Kent ME13 7BG
Phone: 01795 539915
Registered Charity No: 1119456 Registered Company No: 06015188
Abbey Physic Community Garden Volunteer Policy
The Abbey Physic Community Garden is a charity run by members, which places the emphasis on the therapeutic benefits of horticultural and craft activities. Through our volunteers we are able to provide activities adapted to suit the individual needs of our member gardeners; to develop life skills and coping strategies, undertake training, achieve qualifications and pursue employment opportunities.
Statement of Intent
Volunteers are an important and valued part of the Abbey Physic Community Garden. We will do the best we can to make your volunteer experience with us both enjoyable and rewarding. This policy tells you what you can expect from us, and what we hope from you. We aim to be flexible, so please let us know if you would like to make any changes and we will do our best to accommodate them.
Part 1: The Organisation
You can expect the Abbey Physic Community Garden:
1) Induction and training
To provide a thorough induction on the work of the Abbey Physic Community Garden, its staff, your volunteering role and the induction and/or training you need to meet the responsibilities of this role.
2) Supervision, support and flexibility
To explain the standards we expect for our services and to encourage and support you to achieve and maintain them.
To provide a named person who will meet with you regularly to discuss your volunteering and any successes and problems.
To do our best to help you develop your volunteering role with us.
3) Health and Safety
To provide adequate training and feedback in support of our Health and Safety policy.
To provide adequate insurance cover for volunteers whilst carrying out their volunteering roles which have been approved and authorised by us.
5) Equal Opportunities
To ensure that all volunteers are dealt with in accordance with our Equal Opportunities policy.
To try to resolve fairly any problems, complaints and difficulties you may have while you volunteer with us.
In the event of an unresolved problem, to offer an opportunity to discuss the issues with the board of Trustees.
Part 2: The Volunteer
We expect you:
To help The Abbey Physic Community Garden fulfil its aims of:
a. helping to relieve the needs of people with mental health problems and provide relief to those who are socially and economically disadvantaged;
b. placing an emphasis on therapeutic horticulture and craft activities
c. being a community space accessible to all
To perform your volunteering role to the best of your ability;
To follow the organisation’s procedures and standards, including health and safety and equal opportunities, in relation to its staff, members and volunteers
To maintain the confidential information of the organisation and of its clients;
To meet the time commitments and standards which have been mutually agreed to and to give reasonable notice so other arrangements can be made when this is not possible;
To provide referees as agreed who may be contacted, and to agree to a DBS check being carried out where necessary.
This policy is binding in honour only, is not intended to be a legally binding contract between us and may be cancelled at any time at the discretion of either party. Neither of us intend any employment relationship to be created either now or at any time in the future.
Policy approved: 3 May 2012
Policy reviewed: 20 April 2015
Policy to be next reviewed: 20 April 2016
We welcome volunteer members -
Please call into the garden and speak to Suzanne or Richard about becoming a volunteer member of Abbey Physic Community Garden.
Please click HERE to download our Garden Membership Application Form