Job Vacancies

We pride ourselves on our friendly working environment, along with a culture that encourages both diverse individual talent and team work. The wonderful atmosphere at Spadework does not happen by chance; it happens as a result of our ability to recruit exceptional individuals to join our team.

We are recruiting a new General Manager.

We are recruiting a full time General Manager to provide leadership and management of the charity, to ensure that we continue to provide excellent day services and drive forward the commercial operation of the business.

If you are flexible, have business acumen and the passion to provide exceptional services in challenging times, we would really like to hear from you.

Confirmation of all appointments is subject to proof of Eligibility to Work in the UK, satisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance and satisfactory references.

For an informal discussion please contact Camilla Medhurst on 01732 870002.

To apply for this position, please supply a CV and supplementary information outlining how you meet the person specification.  Applications submitted without a statement detailing how you meet the person specification will not be considered.

Salary circa £35,000 per annum

Please return to

Dee Bonner, Spadework, Teston Road, Offham, West Malling, Kent, ME19 5NA

Or email to


Person specification

Part Time Cook, Spadework Cafe.

Would you like to use your cooking skills and have the opportunity to pass on your food and customer service knowledge to a small team of Spadework’s Trainees? We have a part-time vacancy to work in the cafe at our Garden Centre and training centre for adults with learning disabilities, in the beautiful village of Offham, near West Malling. The hours are 11:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday, with a longer day on Tuesday, working until approximately 9:30pm. This is a permanent position. In the first instance, please email a CV to

Spadework application form 2


Horticulture Supervisor,  Full Time or Part Time

You will be responsible for supporting our service users to grow quality plants  to sell in our garden centre.

You will ideally have experience of working alongside adults with learning disabilities, although this is not essential as training and support will be provided.

Any offer of employment is subject to good references and satisfactory annual DBS checks.

To find your future role at Spadework, simply click on the link below for the full job description and to apply please complete our application form and include a CV.

Job description Horticulture


Part-Time Weekend Assistant 

To work where required in the Garden Centre or Farm Shop, on Sunday with occasional Saturdays. Usual hours 9:00am to 4:30 pm. Extra hours may be available, particularly during holidays.  Minimum wage position, rates vary with age.   Would suit student.

Please email a CV to or call Richard or Alison on 01732 870 002.

Volunteer Vacancies

Regular volunteers required for Tasebuds Café in Offham

Help required Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 12:00 to 4:00pm.

The purpose of having volunteers working with us is to support the staff in achieving Spadework’s Mission by working in partnership with the trainees encouraging them:

  • To develop their communication skills
  • To develop their social skills
  • To work in a safe, tidy way
  • To work as part of a team, enabling them to achieve greater job satisfaction
  • To be part of the Spadework community
  • To understand their personal responsibility

Specific jobs would be:

Helping trainees with their duties within the mess room which would be to keep the room clean and tidy

  • Encouraging trainees to manage themselves appropriately during break times and returning to work on time
  • Supporting trainees during lunch times to develop their social skills such as encouraging them to have appropriate conversations
  • Assisting the trainees to record their skills development by taking photographs of their work, downloading, printing and recording information in their portfolios
  • To work in different vocational areas alongside the trainees, the different areas include; horticulture – nursery work –plant sales- amenity gardening- vegetable growing, woodwork and crafts.

We would be happy to hear from anyone who could regularly offer us a few hours a week, we are particularly looking for anyone who has BSL level 1 signing skills who would be happy to teach both staff and trainees in the informal surroundings of the vocational areas.

For more information about any of the volunteer vacancies please contact Gill Speed by calling 01732 870002 or email or alternatively please download an application form and send back to us.

Due to the nature of our the work at Spadework all our employees and volunteers are subject to a satisfactory enhanced CRB clearance.

Developing skills for people with learning difficulties