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Market Garden Assistant

OrganisationThornage Hall Independent Living
LocationThornage Hall Independent Living, Thornage, Holt, Norfolk NR25 7QH
WebsiteVisit organisation website
Contract typePermanent
Salary£ 17,591 per annum
Hours37.5 hours per week
Date posted1 April 2021
Closing date14 April 2021

Thornage Hall provides supported living accommodation in 5 houses located in the beautiful surroundings of the Thornage Hall estate.  We strive to work together for people and the environment. We work both within our community at Thornage as well as with wider communities and organisations in Norfolk in order to meet the needs of adults with learning disabilities and keep environmental sustainability at the heart of what we do.

We run a biodynamic farm and market garden which includes 1.5 hectares of growing space, a large greenhouse, a large polytunnel together with a 350 tree orchard which provides food for those living in our houses, as well as sales to local organic outlets. We have built on the success of the farm and have converted farm buildings into studios for our Day Services offering a range of crafts, IT and artistic activity – greatly enriching the lives of those people with learning disabilities who have a thirst to develop new skills within a working environment.

Do you have green fingers and a friendly, can do approach to your work?  If so, we need you to help provide flexible cover across the land workshops and work with the Garden Manager to plan the working day and supporting service users/tenants ensuring all necessary tasks are completed.  You will be supporting and mentoring our service users in developing their skills in the garden and in the use of tools and machinery. When the Garden Manager is absent, you will work with supervisor and Garden group supporting to ensure all tasks are completed in accordance with the agreed plans and layouts.

You will be able to demonstrate experience of organic or biodynamic gardening or farming, as well as experience of providing person centred services.  You should be able to demonstrate an understanding/experience of relating to adults with learning disabilities, together with an understanding of safeguarding issues relating to vulnerable adults.  You will have experience and/or relevant qualification in horticulture, gardening or land management and ideally possess a qualification in health and social care or equivalent work experience.  Our job description/person specification will give you more information – see /how-you-can-help/work-for-us/

Successful applicants must undergo a DBS check.

How to apply

We are unable to accept CVs.  All applicants should complete and return our application form, together with our recruitment monitoring form.  Forms can be emailed to or sent by post, marked Private and Confidential, to HR, Thornage Hall Independent Living, Thornage, Holt, NR25 7QH.

Closing dates for receipt of applications: 5pm 14th April 2021

Shortlisting will take place on 15th & 16th April and interviews will be scheduled for the week beginning 22nd April.