Session Coordinator- Gardening

Contract Type: 
Fixed term
Part time
Application deadline: 
Monday, 4 July, 2022 - 12:00
Fixed Salary
Pro Rata
The Comfrey Project CIO

We have an exciting opportunity for a talented and conscientious individual to join our small, highly motivated team as Session Coordinator for The Comfrey Project’s gardening activities.

The salary will be £26,101.28 (NJC Scale 5) Pro Rata for 30 hours per week and is currently advertised as a fixed two-year post, with the potential of extending that pending funding and the right candidate.

You will plan, develop and deliver a programme of group sessions which focus on promoting contact with nature through diverse activities, taking place within our community allotments and garden. You will have a good knowledge of gardening and plants and will be able to work closely with our Gardening Lead to develop an engaging seasonal offer.

Many of those accessing our services have complex support needs, so we are particularly interested in hearing from applicants who are experienced and confident facilitators with great people skills, passionate about supporting people to take control of their own wellbeing and development.

You need to have a positive, creative and solution-focused approach to challenges. You need to be very organised and work well under pressure. You must be able to work very well under your own initiative, as well as, as part of a small, dynamic team.

A flexible attitude towards work is required, understanding that some out-of-work hours and some lone working will be needed from time to time.

The post holder will be primarily based at the Windmill Hills Centre in Gateshead and at times from our two allotment sites in Newcastle.

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

To request an application pack and for any enquiries about this post please email: or call: 0191 44 77 801 (Mon – Fri, 9am to 5pm).

Please note, we can only accept applications made using the application form contained in this pack.

The application deadline is 12pm on Monday 4th of July (interview dates to be confirmed).

Interviews are expected to take place the week beginning Monday 11th July. 

Planned Start Date: 1st September 2022 (Negotiable).

The Comfrey Project is a charitable organisation which promotes personal wellbeing and community integration for refugees and people seeking asylum, through predominantly environmental and nature-based activities. Participants volunteer at regular group sessions taking place in our community centre and garden in Gateshead and two allotments in Newcastle. Activities include gardening, bee-keeping, construction, cooking, arts & crafts and more.

Our aim is to nurture a safe and welcoming environment that provides a sense of belonging and empowers our volunteers to build resilience, confidence, skills and support networks.