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Volunteer Gardener

Launch Housing
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The Boroondara Volunteer Resource Centre is advertising this opportunity on behalf of Launch Housing.

The Volunteer Gardener will be part of Education First Youth Foyer life. Vegie-gardening can provide a connection with food and resources, be beneficial for mental health and provide a positive way of working together, learning about horticulture, ecosystems and nutrition and taking pride of place, as well as leaving a legacy for future Foyer students.

The Volunteer Gardener will be supported by the staff at Foyer, which is staffed 24 hours, in connecting with students. The produce of the garden would be shared with the gardener and the Foyer students and all costs of maintaining the garden would be covered by Foyer. Hours spent in the garden and the focus for the gardening activities would be mutually agreed between Foyer and the Gardening Volunteer.

Over the years many young people have started vegie gardens which have been successful but they often fallen into neglect, the beds lying fallow and untended. We are looking for a volunteer garden who can plan, develop and maintain the vegie plots and interact with students at all times where possible.

What we’re looking for: We are currently seeking a skilled & passionate individual, someone committed to working with people who have previously experienced homelessness, engaging with them to support their independence and their journey within stable permanent housing. You will make a real difference in people's lives.

  • This is a fixed-term position until 1st September 2023
  • 2 to 10 hours per week and wekends (flexible/negotiable)

Note:

  • All applicants must have the right to work in Australia and will be required to complete a Working with Children Check and Police check
  • We acknowledge Lived Experience as unique expertise and encourage people with a Lived Experience of Homelessness to apply
  • COVID-19 vaccination or a valid Covid-19 Vaccination Exemption certificate is required to work on site

Why join Launch Housing: Our mission is to end homelessness. We aim to get people housed, keep them housed, and be an influential voice on ending homelessness. We are a secular, independent provider of choice for clients and the go-to organisation on homelessness for government, media, philanthropy, private donors and the community.

Our people are the backbone of our organisation and supporting their wellbeing and professional development is critical to our ability to help our clients and the community. We value lived experience and diversity in our staff, and actively work to ensure everyone is able to make their career with Launch Housing fulfilling.

Launch Housing is committed to child safety and is an Equal Opportunity employer and supports accessible working arrangements for all. This includes people with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse people, young people, older people, women, and people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, gender diverse, intersex or queer. We acknowledge Lived Experience as a unique expertise, and encourage people with a Lived Experience of Homelessness to apply.