Surrey Hills Care Farm Coordinator – East Surrey Pilot
Reporting to (post) Chair, Surrey Hills Society
Hours of work: 3 days a week (22.5 hours), flexible working by agreement. Some evening/weekend working required.
Located at: Mainly home working with easy access to sites across East Surrey.
Salary Actual £18,000 (£30k pro rata)
About the Surrey Hills Society:
The Surrey Hills Society is an independent charity promoting the positive enjoyment and conservation of the Surrey Hills National Landscape for those who live, work in, or visit the area. The Society encourages people to explore and learn about the special qualities and distinctiveness of the area through walks, talks, events, practical conservation, and volunteering.
An 18-month employment contract with the Surrey Hills Society (reviewed after a probationary period of 3 months) to oversee the coordination of the Care Farm pilot project in East Surrey.
About the project:
Care farming refers to the therapeutic use of farming practices. There are many different models for how a care farm may operate and these are as diverse as the people that they support. One thing all care farms have is common is providing a supervised, structured programme of farm-related activity for people with a defined need. Care is bespoke, person-centred and focused on the individual. Care farming activity has a real purpose behind it where people are able to make a meaningful contribution to the running of a farm.
The Surrey Hills Society, in partnership with the Surrey Hills team and Growing Health Together have been awarded a grant to initiate a pilot of nature-based health interventions on farms in East Surrey. These can support the mental health of people from all ages and backgrounds with Surrey Heartlands' priority communities as the focus. The approach will be tailored to the local beneficiaries and hosts, while adapting the model in response to real time learning. Our plan is deliberately open and will evolve according to local needs and circumstances, initially using a small number of farms. Once a successful model has been established the ambition is to develop this into a wider programme to support health outcomes and help diversify farm incomes across Surrey.
We are also looking to develop a particular arts component to this initiative, recognising the significant additional benefits to mental wellbeing of engagement in the creative arts, particularly for groups who have historically been underserved by traditional services.
The proposed care farm initiative responds to unmet need that cannot be met through traditional services and would engage those who are currently struggling to access holistic support for their mental wellbeing. The provision would be novel for the NHS, social care, and social prescribing in Surrey and will, additionally, offer educational opportunities.
The role will involve developing, managing, and promoting a varied programme of group activities and events on working, commercial tenant farms to support farm incomes and people who are socially isolated and are experiencing mental health issues in East Surrey.
Being part of a small charity, you will need to be a self-starter and work closely with the Growing Health Together and the Surrey Hills National Landscape Teams. You will work to coordinate referral programmes and help evaluate the impact of the project.
Key responsibilities include:
1) Activity programme development and planning
2) Programme coordination
3) Budget management
4) Marketing and communications
5) Recruitment and coordination
6) Monitoring and evaluation
The contract will be for a duration of 18 months. Standard working hours will be 3 days per week from 9am-5:30pm. Working arrangements will allow for some degree of flexibility and can be flexible for the right candidate but will require working ‘out of hours’ on a regular basis, including some evenings and weekends when the project requires it (activity sessions may frequently be at weekends). The appointed candidate is expected to fully participate in all activities offered to them, but any additional working will be accounted for through time off in lieu (TOIL).
The successful candidate will be based mainly from home; however, you will also be expected to travel to a wide variety of sites across the East Surrey area as well as occasional working from the Surrey Hills Estate Office, which is located at Warren Farm Barns, Headley Lane, Mickleham Dorking, RH5 6DG.
You will be entitled to 15 days holiday plus bank holidays. Travel expenses will be agreed and paid for. You will also be entitled to a contributory occupational pension scheme once the probationary period has passed.
You must have a full UK driving licence and have access to a car or other vehicle to reach different sites.
Salary: Actual £18,000 (£30k pro rata).
Please submit your CV as well as the completed application form to show why you are interested in this particular role and how your experience shows you are suitable for this post. Please submit this via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to discuss the role informally and in further detail please contact Sarah Thiele, Surrey Hills Programme Manager, by emailing email@example.com. Further information about the role and the link to the application form can be found here.
Following applications, you may be invited to an interview to understand further why you would like the role and why you think you would be suitable. Interviews are expected to take place during the week commencing 8th January with a second round of interviews taking place the following week (week commencing 15th January).
Closing date for applications: Friday 15th December
We are committed to having an inclusive and diverse organisation and encourage applications from those with backgrounds, which may be underrepresented in our sector, including people from minority ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities.
Closing Date: 15/12/2023 Location: East Surrey