Help Alive light up the lives of lonely older people


Alive Gardening Session Facilitator 

We are seeking a talented individual to lead gardening activity sessions with older people in care homes, including people living with dementia.

Activities will include horticulture, growing fruit, vegetables and flowers to wildlife/nature-based activities and nature-based crafts. Facilitators will encourage a sense of purpose and achievement, stimulating and facilitating social interaction, engagement and reminiscence within the groups.  

This is an amazing opportunity to join a vibrant and innovative charity, and to bring enjoyment and vitality to some of the most vulnerable older people in our communities. 

The role will suit someone with a passion for life, who is in touch with their extrovert side and able to connect easily with others. Experience of facilitating groups and working with vulnerable adults is essential. 

You will need access to a car and be happy and able to travel around Bristol and the surrounding counties on a regular basis to deliver activity sessions. Variable hours contract for up to 5 days per week (Monday to Friday). Hours are not guaranteed. 

The rate of pay is £44 per activity session plus mileage. Full training and mentoring will be provided by our expert team.  

Please see the job description and person specification for details. 

To apply

Please download and complete the application form, making a compelling case for why you would make an outstanding gardening session facilitator. Tell us how your experience, skills and personal attributes meet the requirements of the person specification. 

Please email your application to by 9am 30th January. Please do not send CVs. Interviews will be held between 9am and 1pm on the 1st February. Following this interview, successful candidates may be asked to attend an activity session for the 2nd stage of interview on the 4th February. 

If you would like an informal chat about the role, please call our office on 0117 377 4756 and speak to Isobel Jones (Business Development Manager) or Jennie Reed (Marketing Manager).  

Social and Therapeutic Gardening Volunteers 

We are seeking enthusiastic and motivated volunteers to assist our Horticulture Facilitators. 

Older people living in care are twice as likely to experience loneliness as those in the community. To combat this we're looking for friendly volunteers with an interest in helping others to garden, to support our work with older people and people with dementia in and around Bristol.  As well as our existing homes we have just started working with four new homes as part of a joint project with Bristol Aging Better and are keen to recruit more volunteers to help in these sessions too.

You will volunteer alongside an expert Social and Therapeutic Horticulture Facilitator to help care home residents access all the benefits of taking part in fun activities, whenever possible, outside in the garden.

Please send your completed application form to by 23rd January. 

We will hold informal interviews prior to Induction.

Induction: Tuesday 5th Feb 10 – 12:30, Wednesday 6th Feb 17:15 – 19:45 2019

In return, we offer:

  • Training and support
  • The chance to learn new skills and have fun
  • An opportunity to support some of the most vulnerable members of your community
  • Travel expenses

To apply

Please download and return the application form.

For more information download the role description or contact Sarah Mountford on 0117 377 4756/

Fundraising Volunteers – can you help Light up Later life!?

We are seeking enthusiastic and motivated volunteers to help our fundraising team at exciting events to raise funds to support older people in care. 

For many older people living in care, their later years can be confusing and lonely. Alive brings back that connection to the world, their memories and other people. Alive are the UK’s leading charity enriching the lives of older people in care and training their carers. As a charity, we rely on voluntary donations to deliver our work.

We need volunteers to attend events and support our fundraising activities, who will be enthusiastic about our cause and encourage donations to Alive, often through bucket collections.

You will receive a full briefing before the event and all the materials you need. Events will usually take place on various evenings and weekends.

To apply

For more details and dates of events, please contact Fiona Lynch on 01173773644 /