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Garden and Maintenance Supervisor (Oxfordshire)

Garden and Maintenance Supervisor (Oxfordshire)
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Posted on Mar 20, 2017
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Address: Witney, Oxfordshire

Job title: Garden and Maintenance Supervisor
Responsible to: Dig ‘n’ Grow Co-ordinator
Hours: 15 hours over two days (may increase as project grows)
Salary: £11 per hour
Location: Witney and surrounding area

Dig ‘n’ Grow Maintenance Project: NEW 2017
Guideposts are reviewing its Dig ‘n’ Grow service to ensure that the current project is relevant to our existing and new clients whilst broadening the projects aims and objectives.
We have identified that many of our current service users no longer require specialist therapeutic support and that they have developed the skills to progress into a volunteering roles within an organisation or workplace.
Guideposts therefore are looking to provide volunteering opportunities to support people to develop their resilience through; building self-esteem, coping strategies, confidence and independence.
To achieve this we have remodelled our recovery pathway through the provision of our community maintenance project.

Job purpose:
To work with all volunteers attending the Dig ‘n’ Grow project using a person centred approach
Provide direct support to individuals in a person-centred way, and work within the team to organise and implement activities which encourage social interaction, independent living skills and life skills.
To use horticulture and other related knowledge to provide support for individuals
To shape and implement the facilities management and general organisation of the project and the delivery of the Dig ‘n’ Grow maintenance programme.

The job entails building up a portfolio of domestic and commercial contracts in order to form a client database
Dig ‘n’ Grow currently supports people with Learning Disabilities however in the future we hope to widen our admissions to adopting a “whole community approach” supporting people generally from across the community to access our service.
It is therefore imperative going forward for Dig & Grow that we offer support that has a strength based approach- which values and supports peoples strengths and not what people cannot do
That by incorporating this approach we value all members of the community equally.

The Maintenance Supervisor must have experience with supporting a variety of people from across the community including people with Autism, ADHD and other conditions.
As part of this role the Maintenance Supervisor will also help recruit volunteers with/without a disability who have skills to share and who would like to contribute their time to support our project.

The Garden and Maintenance Supervisor will be expected to co-ordinate the service by carrying out a range of duties to meet the aims and objectives of the Dig ‘n’ Grow project within the overall context of Guideposts Trust aims
The Garden and Maintenance Supervisor may be required, with appropriate training where necessary to undertake any of the duties listed
Experience is absolutely necessary, along with good knowledge of a good range of plants
You must have: gardening experience, Plant knowledge, be able to communicate with customers, reliable and honest.

Principal responsibilities:
• Working with service users with learning disability, acquired head injury and dementia and have a clear overview of the needs and requirements of all the individuals who we support.
• Ensure a safe, welcoming and supportive environment for volunteers, service users, families, carers and general public.
• Carry out risk assessments on service users and staff as relevant in conjunction with the services co-ordinator / Service Manager, completing incident and accident reports as necessary.
• Respond to complaints to the service following complaints procedure.
• Work in co-operation with other Dig ‘n’ Grow staff members.
• Liaising with other agencies/multidisciplinary working.
• Assisting with the design and implementation of the Dig ‘n’ Grow Maintenance programme tailored to meet individual need.
• Driving the project minibus.
• Maintaining tools and other equipment appropriately to meet the needs of the project.
• Administering emergency first aid as required.
• Working in accordance with all Guideposts Trust policies and procedures.
• Completing necessary paperwork to agreed Guideposts Trust procedures.
• Undertaking site hazard checks.
• Promoting the use of Dig ‘n’ Grows full range of services to other projects, community groups, voluntary organisations and the statutory services.
• Assisting with promotional displays, open days and special events on and off site.
• Undertaking such other duties as may be required from time to time by the Dig ‘n’ Grow Co-ordinator.

• Delivery of the Dig ‘n’ Grow Maintenance contracts
• Supervise volunteers
• Undertake ongoing site maintenance
• Provide update reports to partners
• Undertake monitoring activities as required
• Plan and facilitate the session
• Update service users support plans (Where necessary)
• Supervise support staff
• Responsible for maintaining a system of record keeping and administration for service users and staff and organisation data, including written reports.
• Responsible for accurately recording attendance.
• Liaise closely with customers, attending meetings as required.
• Attend regular supervision sessions
• Authorising timesheets for Guideposts staff
• Ensuring the site is maintained in accordance with agreements with site owner.
• Ensure that equipment, tools and outdoor clothing are fit for purpose and appropriately stored and implement maintenance schedules.

• Understanding of person-centred care
• Understanding of facilitating and supporting volunteer expectation and aspirations
• Have a good working knowledge of plants, shrubs and gardening in general
Suitable qualifications would be desirable.
• Be polite, presentable and trustworthy with a good work ethic.
• Knowledge and experience of work with people with disabilities
• Be self-motivated with the ability to work alone and as part of a team.
• Be reliable and punctual.
• Good communicator at all levels.
• Able to handle difficult situations
• Takes initiative and is enthusiastic
• Problem solver
• Able to interpret information and draw conclusions
• Able to give and take constructive criticism.
• Good line management skills.
• Basic financial and budgeting skills
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Able and willing to work flexibly when required
• Continuing Professional Development (reflect and develop practice)
• Able to handle challenging behaviour
• Decisive and takes responsibility
• Meticulous on paperwork
• Be physically fit and willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
• Have the ability to both operate and reasonably maintain a variety of powered equipment.

Equal Opportunities
Guideposts Trust is committed to anti-discriminatory policies and practices and it is essential that the post holder is willing to make a positive contribution to its promotion and implementation.

Health & Safety
Under the provisions contained in the Health & Safety at work act 1974 it is the duty of the post holder to:
Take reasonable care of themselves and others at work.
To co-operate with Guideposts Trust to enable them to carry out their legal duty.
Not to intentionally or recklessly interfere with anything provided or used for work.

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