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Community Well-being Garden Coordinator

Likewise
Camden, London

Posted: 24 Jun 2024

Deadline: 25 Jun 2024

Compensation: Day rate: £140

Ethnicity Confident scheme Disability Confident scheme

Paid Part-time Fixed term / contract

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Job description

About the role:

We’re looking for a freelance Garden Coordinator to join our team at Likewise. In this role, you will support the Likewise Community Wellbeing Garden in fulfilling its potential as a thriving green haven that provides meaningful ways of connecting to people and nature, builds community resilience, and cultivates an inclusive sense of belonging.

  • Day rate: £140
  • Contract type: Fixed-term, freelance contract for 6 months up to 1 year, with the possibility of extensions thereafter.
  • Hours: 7.5 hours per week per week, ideally once a week on Fridays
  • Based: in-person, primarily at the Likewise Community Hub and occasionally in or around the borough of Camden.
  • To start: as soon as possible

Closest transport links are South Hampstead overground, Swiss Cottage tube station, Finchley Rd tube station, and Finchley Rd and Frognal overground.

About the Likewise Community Well-being Garden:

Tucked away at the back of the Likewise Community Hub, we have a lovely outdoor space (about the size of a basketball court). In 2022, we received funding to transform the use of this space so that it better serves the environment and community. Since then,  legacy garden coordinators have worked with community members from the local area and beyond to ignite life into the garden, transforming it into the blooming oasis it is today. 

Over the last two years, community members enjoyed building planters and places to grow food and flowers. We now have a lovely greenhouse, more growing spaces, lots of new habitats and have rejuvenated our pond. Throughout the summer, we have delivered gardening courses, nature connection sessions and have held weekly drop-in garden sessions for folk to get their hands in the soil and to collectively tend to the space. The garden is being utilised more by staff, placements students, volunteers and community members as a result of the project thus far.  

Our wider aims for the garden are:

  • To support community wellbeing by providing an accessible, safe, inclusive and supportive garden space which people can enjoy, participate and learn in.  
  • For the garden to be a place where people come together and experience a collective sense of ownership.  
  • For the community of Likewise to develop a deeper sense of connection to the natural world 
  • To improve the local environment of South Hampstead and Camden as a healthier and happier place for people and wildlife.  
  • To build relationships and learn with people, organisations and projects that are aligned with the aims above. 

About Likewise:

OUR WAYS OF WORKING

Bring your whole self to work: It’s all welcome.

Our hope is that every person who joins our community – whether as a staff member, community member, freelancer student, volunteer or supporter – can feel safe to be themselves. We don’t believe that you should have to (or even that you can) leave the rest of your life at the door when you arrive at work. We are committed to creating work spaces and relationships where our whole authentic selves are welcome.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

We recognise that respecting and valuing our humanity – both what we have in common and what makes us unique - will ensure that our offers reflect the needs and experiences of all who access Likewise. We are passionate about Likewise becoming a truly equitable, diverse, inclusive workplace and community. It’s also important we name that we’re not where we want to be yet with this, and we are continuing to learn and hold ourselves accountable for making this vision a reality. With this in mind, we welcome applications from candidates of any age, gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or socioeconomic background, and from those living with physical and/or mental health conditions. We also encourage you to let us know if there is anything you need to help you do your best in this recruitment process – we’re always happy to discuss options.

Application information

To apply for this role, please visit this page on our website, view the information pack and complete the application form provided before 9am on the 25th June 2024. The application form will include a section and a link where you can upload your CV and cover letter. 

1. YOUR CV

We welcome either chronological or skills-based CVs for this role – please use whatever format works best for you. Please do not include your name or any other personal characteristics on your CV/cover letter. This helps us to look at written applications anonymously.

2. YOUR SUPPORTING STATEMENT

Your supporting statement should address the following question, and be no more than 800 words long:

-What is at the heart of your offer to Likewise and this particular role? We would love to hear about the values that guide you, your skills and experience.

What happens next?

We will assess anonymised supporting statements and CVs separately against the criteria listed in the “about you” section. Our decision on whether we invite you to the next stage will be based on our combined assessments of your CV and supporting statement. We will let you know the outcome of your application either way at every stage of the process.

Please note, we are a small team, so are unable to provide feedback at the first stage of recruitment, but we can do so after our final stage after we have completed interviews.

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About Likewise

Likewise is a dynamic social care and mental health charity working at the heart of the Camden community to support individuals experiencing marginalisation and social exclusion. Community -building safe spaces and activities for belonging, connectedness and acceptance. 1-to-1 Support -practical and emotional support at home or in the community. Shared Learning -experiential learning and formal training opportunities through placement student programmes and volunteering.

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