Application tenders sought for Co-ordinator and Gardener of Cockington Walled Art Garden

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The Feijoa Project in partnership with Cockington Court Craft Centre is looking to recruit two self-employed positions to assist with the Walled Art Garden at Cockington Court. The Feijoa project is a new and exciting community initiative company working in partnership with Cockington Court, to promote equality in a community setting for those who might be disadvantaged, particularly those who may have a learning disability.

We have secured partnership funding that allows for two new and exciting positions to become available. We are looking for application tenders to provide a Co-ordinator and Gardener position to support the Directors and partnership to deliver and exciting project aimed at developing vulnerable adults through the delivery of the project located at Cockington Court for the maintenance and development of the Walled Art Garden (WAG Project). The Project seeks to provide basic garden maintenance skills for vulnerable individuals (particularly those from a learning disability background). The project has been delivering for 2 years and now seeks to build upon this partnership to further develop a community network and attract further funding to assist in under pinning and further developing the project.

This is a great opportunity for two imaginative, hardworking and equal opportunity minded individuals who want to get involved in developing a new and dynamic opportunity for both the partners, those participating in the project and the community.

The Co-ordinator will co-ordinate the delivery, seek voluntary referrals of individuals and groups particularly those from a learning disability background to assist in the maintenance and development of the WAG Project. The co-ordinator will be able to assist with delivery of the garden and lead on developing community networks and develop fund raising as part of grant and general fund raising activities that already exist. The Co-ordinator position will direct the project in-keeping with existing strategies and overviews with the Centre Director of Cockington Court and the Directors of the Feijoa Project. The co-ordinator will be energetic, willing to pick up the exciting concept and build within the guidelines an exciting, dynamic and enriching project. Good communication skills, a quick learner and someone who can manage their own diary and meet deadlines would be ideal.

The Gardener position is also freelance and must be able to lead on the maintenance of the Walled Art Garden. They will develop the vision and existing concept of the Walled Art Garden with the Centre Director of Cockington Court. We need someone with a good understanding of propagation, crop rotation, pruning and general gardening concepts alongside having a positive, patient and understanding outlook. An individual who will lead on the general maintenance of the Walled Art Garden and who is willing to try something new, able to pass on skills and answer questions from the public. The post will also be expected to deliver training to those volunteers attending and where appropriate, offer a degree of support and care. The Gardener will offer direction and practical assistance for those participating and deliver in keeping with the general ethos and concept of the garden. The gardener post should be willing to use their gardening skills to develop a non-traditional Walled Art Garden whilst keeping the integrity of an organic garden.

Both positions will be part time up to 18 hours, delivered over 2 – 3 days per week. The initial contract will have a degree of flexibility but will run until September with a possible further contract offer dependant on partnership funding and successful delivery.

DBS clearance will be needed to allow work with vulnerable adults.

To apply please contact Marissa Wakefield, the Centre Director, for an application form by email or post: Cockington Court, Torquay TQ2 6XA. Closing date for tender applications is 20th March 2015.

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