JOB VACANCY: Bridewell Gardens – Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioner

Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioner


Location: Wilcote, Oxfordshire

Salary: £23111 + benefits

Hours: Negotiable – full-time, part time and locum opportunities

Contract: Permanant

Closing date: Monday 5th November 2018

Bridewell Gardens vision is to provide a range of high quality horticultural and related therapeutic support services for people recovering from mental  ill health. Effectiveness is indicated by increased wellbeing and social inclusion through employment, training and volunteering.

Bridewell Gardens SHTP’s  work closely with the Garden Manager to provide these services in the beautiful garden setting at Wilcote, West Oxfordshire

What are we looking for from our Practitioner team members?

  • experience of working with service users in a mental health setting and providing support to adults with mental health issues
  • evidence of working well within a team setting and also of working on one’s own initiative
  • the ability to handle the stresses and pressures of working in a mental health environment and in maintaining appropriate boundaries
  • the ability to communicate with people from different backgrounds, gender and age, and in particular, to communicate sensitively with vulnerable individuals
  • ability to lead and motivate volunteers and service users
  • good spoken and written communication skills,  together with basic IT ability

These are varied and challenging roles  requiring a versatile, multi-skilled individual with a range of relevant experience.  The full Job Description and Person Specification are below:

Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioner 031018

Bridewell application form STHP 1018

These roles will be based in the 6 acre garden site at Wilcote, West Oxfordshire. This is a very rural location so candidates must be able to ensure they can get to and from the site. In return, Bridewell Gardens can offer the opportunity to join a small but skilled team in  this well regarded charity.

For further information, please send a copy of your CV and the attached application form in the first instance to our Garden Manager, Madi ffrench at

Closing date for completed applications is Monday 5th November. Suitably interested candidates are invited to get in touch by email for a preliminary discussion ASAP