Join Our Team at Sydenham Garden – Community Growing Project Facilitator

Are you passionate about community growing, mental health, and wellbeing? Do you thrive in community-driven environments? Sydenham Garden, a small mental health charity in the heart of South-East London, invites you to become our next Community Growing Project Facilitator. Join us in empowering individuals by facilitating connection with greenspaces and nature.

Position: Community Growing Project Facilitator
Reports to: Growing Lives Coordinator
Responsible for: Volunteers
Contract Length: March to end of October 2024

Hours: 15 hours a week with some flexibility, including evenings and weekends
Salary: £26,708 pa pro rata (employers pension contribution 6%)

Location: De Frene Market Garden, De Frene Road, SE26 4AB and other locations in south-east London.

Immediate start desirable

About Us:
Sydenham Garden is a unique wellbeing centre, utilizing nature and creative activities to support individuals recovering from mental and physical health challenges. Our unique approach brings together co-workers and volunteers from diverse backgrounds, fostering social inclusion and reducing stigma.

About the Project:
In collaboration with Hyde Housing Association residents and their neighbours, we aim to co-design evening and weekend sessions, harnessing nearby green spaces and our De Frene Market Garden. These sessions aim to enhance social connections, increase access to nature, and bolster mental wellbeing.

Role Description:
As a Project Facilitator, your responsibilities will include:

  • Community engagement.
  • Collaborating with residents to co-design sessions using inclusive techniques.
  • Planning, promoting, and delivering engaging sessions across various locations and to diverse residents.
  • Incorporating resident feedback to continually enhance and meet their needs.
  • Monitoring the project’s impacts.

Main Duties:
Your core responsibilities will encompass:

  • Co-designing sessions with local residents.
  • Planning, promoting, and delivering sessions.
  • Leading activities with volunteer support to engage participants.
  • Creating an inclusive environment and managing materials.
  • Collaborating with the Growing Lives Coordinator to evaluate workshop impact.

What You Gain:
By joining our team, you’ll acquire:

  • Valuable experience in community engagement and horticulture settings.
  • Skills in designing and delivering horticultural activities.
  • Experience working with Housing Associations residents and the local community.
  • Support, relevant training, and leadership development opportunities.

If you’re eager to make a meaningful impact in the mental health space and thrive in a community-focused environment, this role is for you! Join us at Sydenham Garden and be part of a team dedicated to nurturing wellbeing through nature and community connection.

Application Deadline: 22nd February 2024 by 5pm
To apply, please send us a CV together with a supporting statement that addresses how you meet the Person Specification, including how you have gained the experience and abilities required (maximum 2 pages). Applications should be made by email to: with ‘Community Growing Project Facilitator – Hyde’ in the subject line.

The Job description and person specification can be found here: Community Growing Project Facilitator JD & PS

Please provide the names, positions, organisations and telephone contact numbers of two referees, relevant to this role. References will only be taken up with your express permission.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Sydenham Garden is committed to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). We want to build a diverse and inclusive staff, volunteer and trustee team where everyone feels that they belong and that reflects the profile of the communities we serve. Therefore, we will welcome and consider applications from candidates of all backgrounds and protected characteristics, and we particularly encourage applications from people of African or Caribbean heritage to ensure our staff team represents the communities we serve.

If you wish to apply for the position, please ensure you also complete our online diversity monitoring form