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Compassionate Gardener

St Columba’s Hospice supports people in the community who have a life limiting illness. Many of them are keen gardeners who get a lot of pleasure from their gardens. Sadly, due to their illness, it’s not always possible for them to upkeep their gardens in the way they would wish to.
We are looking for green fingered volunteers who would like to spend a morning or afternoon volunteering in a garden, helping to keep it tidy and maintain an attractive space for people to enjoy.

About St Columba's Hospice Care

St Columba's Hospice provides specialist palliative and end-of-life care for people with progressive, far-advanced illness with from across Edinburgh and the Lothians. We also provide support for their relatives and carers. Our vision is that everyone within our community has access to excellent palliative care whoever they are, wherever they are and whenever they need it. We provide care within our bedded unit, and through Day Services, Outpatient appointments and our Community Palliative Care Team. Our Education Department provides education in palliative care for healthcare professionals, as well as carrying out research. To do all of this, we have 160 staff, and over 600 volunteers.

Experience Required

You need to have some knowledge of gardening and feel confident working on your own or with the client. You will need to bring your own tools to use in the garden.

Training Details

Hospice Volunteer Induction Programme. Manual Handling training.   Team/role induction and training including Garden Safety and 2 shadow sessions working with the St Columba’s gardening team.  Team meetings (if/as necessary).

Flexibility & Commitment


One morning/afternoon twice a month.

Location/Travel Details

We support people throughout Edinburgh and will match you with an appropriate person not too far from your home.


Expenses are paid via BACS once a month and there is a form for volunteers to fill out.