Northern Roots is recruiting for a Natural Health Service Assistant

Northern Roots is transforming 160 acres of urban greenspace into a destination for learning, leisure and growing. The charity aims to benefit the environment, and to improve the health, wellbeing and livelihoods of local communities.

This role provides an excellent opportunity for a passionate, reflective, empathic individual to the join the social prescribing programme at Northern Roots, to support local residents and young people to access, shape and benefit from this urban green corridor.

The successful applicant will join a growing, dynamic and enthusiastic team, working to the Natural Health Service Lead. The role will be very visible, requiring you to meet members of the public on a daily basis and to work closely with our referring partners, Hilltop GP Surgery, Get Oldham Working and Turning Point.  The Natural Health Service Assistant will play a crucial role in supporting the day-to-day operations and delivery of Northern Roots’ nature-inspired, holistic wellbeing initiative: The Natural Health Service.

We are looking for an individual with a passion for nature and community wellbeing, and strong organisational skills, to help co-ordinate, evaluate and develop all aspects of our Natural Health Service offer.  We’d like to meet creative people with excellent interpersonal skills, who have experience working with diverse communities to inspire positive change, and increase creativity, connection and wellbeing.  If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you.


**Applications now closed**


Job Title: Natural Health Service Assistant

Salary:  £25,000 per annum pro rata to £15,000 for part time working.

Contract: Fixed term, until 31/03/25, three days (22.5hours) per week.

Organisation: Northern Roots (Oldham) Ltd, company no 11258080.

Based at:  On site at Northern Roots.

Application deadline: 10am, Tuesday 2nd April 2024

Interview: Week beginning Monday 8th April 2024

To apply, please send your CV, a cover letter outlining why you’re suitable for the role (2 sides of A4 maximum), and a completed Equal Opportunities form to

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What is Northern Roots?

The Northern Roots charity is transforming 160 acres of urban greenspace, fifteen minutes on foot from Oldham town centre, into the UK’s largest urban farm and eco-park. A unique community hub and visitor destination.

The site stretches from Alexandra Park in the north, past Park Bridge Heritage Centre, to Bankfield Clough in the south, looking out on to the foothills of the Peak District. It is bordered by the communities of Glodwick, Fitton Hill, Hathershaw, Alt, Bardsley and Park Bridge.

The charity aims to benefit the environment, and to improve the health, wellbeing and livelihoods of local communities. Following five years of feasibility and development work, the first phase of construction is about to begin with the building of the Visitor Centre and Forestry Skills Centre in 2024.

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"Coming here is already making a difference. When I feel worked up at home, I think about when we're here in the trees and I put my hands on my stomach and say, take a deep breath." Natural Health Service participant, Northern Roots
"I’m grateful for walking together – the three of us, through the woods. It kind of felt like home." Natural Health Service participant, Northern Roots