If you would like to help at our care farm, or are interested in any of the specific volunteer opportunities below, please do contact us. You do not have to be outside: it’s helpful to have someone to make a cup of tea and be involved with arts and crafts, let alone other paperwork! We do have an application form for our volunteers and often require you to have a Data Barring Service check.
Here are some of our current Volunteering Role Vacancies:
Supporting young adults with special needs
This volunteer role is mainly outdoors or in barns, all weathers, all year. It requires calm and patient individuals who are able to provide non-judgemental encouragement, be confident alongside farm animals and able to make quick decisions. We are looking for people who can commit to a regular weekly time slot so that our Farm Helpers can be reliably and consistently supported. Experience of this client group is highly desirable, but in-house training will be provided. Nearly all our Farm Helpers bring their own a support worker with them to ensure our safeguarding and risk assessments can be safely met.
Time required: regular 2.5 hours per week (morning or afternoon sessions, to be discussed, either 10am – 1 or 1-3pm)
Overall Commitment: Minimum 6 months
This volunteer role is subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.
Outdoor Learning Liaison Champion
We encourage Countryways learning here and link the curriculum in with the seasons, the landscape, animals and nature. More schools could visit but we need help in co-ordinating visits, gathering feedback and widening our reach. We also welcome Scouts and other special interest groups. Could you help us expand our offering?
Time required: 3 hours per week or more if there are visits involved, always flexible. 6 months minimum commitment please.
To specifically be able to help with the evening livestock routine. Must have own transport and be respectful and competent with animals (especially goats and donkeys).
Time required: 4 hours per week over 4 days. Could suit a competent BCA Animal management or Agri student.
Adult Sewing Activity Planner
We’re planning a few more simple activities which young people and those with mental health concerns could be involved in but need someone with sewing interest and ideas for simple, meaningful projects. This could be a short term project to help set us up; we have some existing materials. Requires existing basic machine and hand sewing / crafting skill/confidence.
Food Preservation Champion
We need help with reducing waste from our orchard and we’re planning a few more simple activities which young people could be involved in but need someone with jam/chutney/preservation enthusiasm and expertise they are willing to share. Requires existing skills and preferably a Hygeine certificate (although this can be arranged). We also have a demonstration fruit mill, press and dehydrator, not to mention goat’s milk and honey!
We’d appreciate someone to come in once in a while to give an extra clean to the kitchen or toilet area, to check stock of cleaning materials, toilet roll etc and advise on purchase orders.
Time required for ‘Adult Sewing Activity Planner’, ‘Food Preservation Champion’, ‘Cleaning Co-ordintor’: Project based or ad hoc. If you have some time to offer, whether that’s just for a few hours now and again, or a few hours every week, we’d love to hear from you. Time of day of mutual convenience.