Local Food/Horticulture Coordinator

Spadework is looking for a Local Food / Horticulture Coordinator to join our friendly team in Offham, just outside of West Malling.Spadework is a charity (Charity Number 291198) providing work based training for adults with learning and other disabilities.

Purpose of the Role: To deliver care, training and work experience to over 90 adults with learning and other disabilities across our 7-acre site. The post holder will coordinate our Local Food department, growing fruit and vegetables, as well as harvesting and preparing produce for sale. You will be required to help cover all other services within our Horticulture Department, as well as play an integral part in our successful Farmer’s Market once a month. This post helps ensure Spadework delivers its services to the highest possible standards, maintaining client confidentiality and client dignity at all times.

Job Title: Local Food / Horticulture Coordinator

Tenure: Full Time, Permeant

Hours: 40 hours per week –

Working pattern: 8am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Location: Spadework Offices, ME19 5FL

Starting salary: £17,056 pro rata per annum.

Holiday allowance: pro rata of 26 days’ full-time allowance & bank holidays

Overtime: This role is expected to manage the delivery of its responsibilities within the above hours agreed; any overtime should be discussed in advance with the line manager, and will be compensated only with time off in lieu. There is the expectation that the successful applicant will work one weekend day a month.

Closing Date: 13th April 2018 at 5pm

The aim of Spadework is to enable people with learning and other disabilities (our Trainees) to develop their independence and personal skills through being involved in everything we do. The Trainees produce the plants that are sold in the garden centre and the fruit and vegetables served in the café and sold in the farm shop; they help to make cakes, jams and chutneys and serve customers in the café and in the farm shop. We also have woodwork, craft and IT facilities.

The Garden Centre, Farm Shop and Café are all open each day to the general public, which enables our trainees to interact with the customers, helping to improve their social skills, which in turn can increase their confidence and self-esteem.

Spadework bridges the gap for adults with learning other disabilities, from dependence in a supportive environment, to increasing their independence, enabling them to live with dignity and purpose. We aspire to achieve this through work experience, development of life skills and interaction with the community.

You will need to have a genuine interest in working with adults with learning and other disabilities, plus patience and empathy in abundance.

Confirmation of all appointments is subject to proof of Eligibility to Work in the UK, satisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance, satisfactory references and medical clearance. Spadework values the diversity that exists in all our communities and works towards this being reflected in our workforce.

For a copy of our application forms and for further information please contact Dee Bonner on 01732 870002 or submit a copy of your latest CV and a covering letter explaining why you feel you would be suitable for this role.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £17,056.00 /year

Please follow link below for Recruitment pack

Recruitment pack – localfoodcoordinator

Please follow link below for application form

Spadework application form 2

Developing skills for people with learning difficulties