Crossbones Wardens – volunteer at one of London’s special hidden sites

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Job Ref.: 
XB October 18
Sector: 
Charity and Public Services
Job Location: 
Bankside
Recruiting For: 
a volunteer
Salary Range: 
Volunteer Role
Number of vacancies: 
10-20
Job starts now: 
Yes
I would like to receive applications from residents in: 
Lambeth and Southwark
Job Description: 

1. To attend a short induction by Helen John, BOST Crossbones Project Manager.

2. To (subject to a successful trial) register on the Crossbones online calendar to undertake at least one wardening session a month, alongside an experienced Crossbones ‘buddy’.

3. To open the garden to the general public and be a constant, welcoming and informational presence during the opening hours. Ensure that users of the space are acting appropriately, not damaging the planting, beds or wooden entrance and are interacting positively with the space.

4. To answer basic questions about Crossbones or to know where to direct enquiries that they cannot answer.

5. While volunteer wardens will not be expected to manage gardening projects during their shift, small amount of maintenance such as litter picking will be required.

6. At the end of their session the volunteer wardens will need to give all visitors a 10 minute warning and ensure everyone has left before locking the site.

7. To observe the Health and Safety requirements (as explained in the informal chat and induction session) and act on instructions given by BOST staff.

8. To be friendly and welcoming to other volunteers/staff at all times and to have regard for our Equal Opportunities policy, Safeguarding Policy and Confidentiality Policy as outlined at the informal chat and Volunteer Handbook.

Person specification and Experience required: 

Crossbones Garden has great local and London-wide significance as a non-denominational, non-judgemental place where the ‘outcast dead’ can be remembered. The gates are a key element to the identity of the site and are regularly adorned with new symbols of remembrance at the monthly vigils. The graveyard and shrine has been championed for many years by local writer John Constable who helped establish the Friends of Crossbones.

BOST was granted the lease for the site from TfL and began work on the garden in 2015. BOST is working closely with John, the Friends of Crossbones and other local individuals and companies to protect and develop Crossbones. 

The aim is to provide a sensitive, contemplative environment for all who spend time here. We welcome applications from anyone who wants to get involved, previous gardening, wardening or volunteering experience is not required.

Tasks are suited to all levels of fitness and needs. A detailed knowledge of the site is not required, however we would like wardens to be able to answer basic questions about Crossbones or know where to direct enquiries that they cannot answer.

To apply for this job please email us a cover letter and your most up-to-date CV.

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