The co-workers (volunteers) and the residents live together on site and share all facilities. The close working relationships that can develop between residents and co-workers builds an atmosphere of trust and involvement. Each house community varies between eight and fourteen people in number.
The two Managers have the required RMA qualifications and NVQ Level 4 in Care Management. Between them they have over 60 years experience of therapeutic life and work. All managers have individual external supervision.
All co-workers have regular, weekly in-house supervision.
We take volunteer co-workers, who come for 12 months and live in the community We also take volunteers from Bristol who join for at least 2 days per week, again for 12 months.
For more details on life as a Co-worker, please read Reflection from a Co-worker written by Kinga Juhász from Hungary as she was coming to end of her 12 month stay at Cherry Orchards.