Bereavement Allotment Project Volunteer

Martlets Hospice
Hove, East Sussex
Voluntary Opportunity
03 Jul 2018
31 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Fixed term

Bereavement Allotment Project Volunteer


This is a role to support the Bereavement Service Allotment Project, which is running a 12-month pilot Bereavement Group for bereaved men starting in July 2018. The Men’s Bereavement Allotment Group will run 6 groups over the coming year 2018/2019, each group delivered over 6 consecutive weeks.

Where: Wayfield Avenue, Hove, BN3 7LW and Weald Allotment

When:  Mondays

The initial plan is to run the group weekly on Monday mornings 10.00 -13.00. Volunteers will be expected to start at 09.30 and finish 13.30. There will be time for a break mid-morning

Volunteers will be expected to have monthly group supervision, which will also be on a Monday

Usual minimum commitment:

  • To be available on a weekly basis for up to 4 hours, on Mondays, ideally for 6 consecutive sessions.
  • To be able to commit ideally to 3 groups in the year-long pilot project
  • To be available for monthly supervision on a Monday

What you’ll be doing:

  • You will be providing practical support to the allotment group which will include jobs like sowing, weeding, watering, harvesting, prepping and cleaning tools and equipment, allotment maintenance
  • You will have contact with bereaved men, which may include some informal sharing of their bereavement
  • This is a new role and it is expected that tasks will be identified and develop as the project grows
  • You will be part of the Bereavement Allotment Project volunteer team, which is part of the Bereavement Service. There will be some training provided in working alongside bereaved men.

What’s in it for you:

  • We will provide you with an induction, formal and informal training sessions, and Induction, formal and informal ongoing specialised training (i.e. training in working alongside bereaved men)
  • Support and supervision in your role
  • the opportunity to work within a small and friendly team
  • Reasonable out of pocket expenses (inc travel and parking costs)
  • Access to organisational resources

Your skills and abilities:

  • To have insight and awareness of the work of a Hospice
  • To have experience of gardening and working outdoors
  • To be able to be with bereaved people who can, at times, be distressed
  • To recognise one’s own personal boundaries and limitations within the role of being a Bereavement Allotment Volunteer and liaise with BAP Counsellor and Counselling and Bereavement Service Manager
  • To have a non-judgemental and accepting approach to work


  • To maintain confidentiality at all times within the guidelines set out by the bereavement support team
  • You will need to attend a Martlets Welcome day and complete general induction into the organisation and the counselling and bereavement service

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Contact: People Services Team on 01273 718788 or email