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Gardening Volunteer – National Autistic Society Catrine

Location: Ayrshire

Closing Date: 19 December 2021

Interview date (w/c): N/A

Salary (or hourly rate): volunteer

Contract Type: Volunteer

Hours per week: Approx. 3 hours per week

Gardening Volunteer – National Autistic Society Catrine

Who we are:

The National Autistic Society is here to transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people.

We transform lives by providing support, information and practical advice for the 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK, as well as their three million family members and carers. Since 1962, autistic people have turned to us at key moments or challenging times in their lives, be it getting a diagnosis, going to school or finding work.

We change attitudes by improving public understanding of autism and the difficulties many autistic people face. We also work closely with businesses, local authorities and government to help them provide more autism-friendly spaces, deliver better services and improve laws.

Why we need you

At the National Autistic Society in Catrine we support autistic adults to lead a happy, fulfilling life. As a part of that goal we want to grow and develop a sensory garden on our grounds, and that’s where we need your help!

The space has been used for growing fruit and veg until now, but we want to give it an overhaul and make it a beautiful sensory space for the people we support.

We are looking for people who have some spare time and would like to support our gardening activities.

Your help will be valued and appreciated. You can apply to volunteer for the role whether you come with lots of gardening experience and ideas for creating the space or less experience but a willing pair of hands and lots of enthusiasm.

What you will be doing

This role will include a wide range of gardening tasks including 

  • General garden maintenance
  • Planting and pruning
  • Weeding
  • Looking after the tools, cleaning and putting them away at the end of the day
  • Provide advice on planting, what grows well where and when to plant etc
  • Developing the sensory space

Skills experience and qualities useful for the role (but not essential)

We are looking for someone with:

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Empathy, understanding and sensitive to the needs of others.
  • Interests in gardening and a general knowledge of maintaining a garden
  • Ability to volunteer within the boundaries of NAS policies, eg Safeguarding, Confidentiality, Lone Working etc
  • Reliable, consistent, dependable and trustworthy
  • You will need to provide 2 references and also complete a PVG check

When and where

  • 2-3 hours each week (or more if you wish to) we can be flexible on days and times
  • Based at NAS Catrine Bank, Sorn Road, Catrine KA5 6NA


  • Induction into the organisation and understanding autism training
  • Access to online training
  • Support from a line manager
  • Agreed expenses paid

What you could get out of it 

  • Develop new skills and meet new people
  • Share your knowledge and experience
  • Satisfaction of making a difference in your local community and to the lives of the people we support
  • A worthwhile achievement to be proud of 

Whilst we are able to make reasonable adjustments for volunteers you will need to be able to volunteer independently as we are not able to offer one to one support.

We seek applications from anyone interested in the role, but particularly welcome applications from those on the autism spectrum. 

You need to live locally to do this role. 

We process applications as we receive them, we will close the role when we recruit a suitable volunteer, consequently the role may close before the advertised closing date. 

If you have any questions about this role or the application process please contact Kathleen on kathleen.mcdowall@nas.org.uk or 01290 551666

Apply now