Opportunity of the Week @ Department of Health

This week's featured volunteer opportunity is:

Dementia Friendly Garden Volunteers, Department of Health

Opportunity Description

In mid-March 2013, the Department of Health is running a national conference on health and innovation. This will take place at the London ExCel Centre. As part of the conference, we are creating a dementia-friendly community, including a garden area.

The garden will have a quiet space for delegates (some of which will have dementia), and an information point for people to learn more about dementia and dementia-friendly gardens.

We need 2-4 volunteers to help us assemble and plant the garden, and to pack it away once the conference has finished. This will be both the afternoon/evening before the conference, Tuesday 12th March, and the evening of the last day, Thursday 14th March.

Benefits to the Volunteer

Volunteers will have the chance to work with a garden designer - specialising in dementia-friendly gardens - as well as a person living with dementia, whose garden the design is based on. Volunteers will also be a free ticket to the conference (13th and 14th March) - worth over £300 - as a thank you for their help.

Skills & Qualifications Required

Experience of gardening would be desirable, though volunteers will be well instructed during the project. There may be some heavy lifting involved, but not much. Tasks are likely to include:

  • planting trees and shrubs;
  • moving small pieces of furtniture; and
  • helping pack up on the last day.

To apply for this opportunity, please complete a registration form or apply via the Do-it website.

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