Recovery through Nature Volunteer

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Purpose of the Role

· To support Futures in Mind across Essex ensuring the effective and successful delivery of increasing physical activity through conservation initiatives.

· Increase awareness of conservation in the community, and manage a group of service users, volunteers and wider community to access conservation projects.


· To attend the induction and training provided by Futures in Mind for your volunteer role.

· To commit to Futures in Mind for at least 12 months.

· To operate and support on all Recovery through Nature Conservation based projects.

· To identify and set up new projects

· To liaise with other organisations to encourage joint projects.

· To innovate new ideas in conjunction with the Recovery Through Nature Leader/Service Manager and wider teams.

· To support all service users in their recovery whilst participating in projects.

· To maintain registers of all attendees as appropriate.

· To create an ambient working environment to encourage participation and teamwork.

· To attend group and individual volunteer support sessions with Futures in Mind Service Coordinators.

· Respect confidentiality, personal space and equal opportunities for everyone, and maintain impartiality.

· Be able to work within Professional and Personal Boundaries as set out by Futures in Mind.

· Understand the importance, and process for reporting any concerns or safeguarding to the relevant people/organisations.

· Awareness of the importance of your own wellbeing and a commitment to sharing your limitations with other volunteers and Service Coordinators.

· Listen to service users effectively, offering informal support and if necessary signposting within Futures in Mind or to an external organisation.

· Ensure the Community Code of Conduct is known and adhered to.

· Be an ambassador for Futures in Mind in your community.

What skills do I need?

Person Specification

· Good people skills.

· Be able to undertake physical work in an outdoor environment

· If you have a history of substance misuse, you must be in recovery and have abstained for at least 6 months. People with existing mental health conditions welcome, provided your condition is stable

· Have a passion for conservation, and working in an outdoor environment. · To be a kind and compassionate listener.

· A friendly and approachable manner.

· Non-judgemental and inclusive attitude to all people involved with Futures in Mind.

· Willing to have enhanced DBS check for working with vulnerable adults.


  • Accessibility
  • Data Protection policy
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 16/11/2021

End Date: 16/11/2022

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Availability Details

From 10am - 1pm for any Recovery through Nature project on a weekly basis

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Futures in Mind

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  • Environment
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Misuse and Addiction
  • Wildlife and Animals


  • Gardening
  • General Helping
  • Practical Skills
  • Supporting People and Befriending

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