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:
Care Farming Active Involvement and Work Experience
Road Farm Countryways CIC provides ways to better health and learning through active involvement on a farm with animals, tools and the countryside. We provide a non-clinical service to boost confidence through inclusion and involvement with animals, achievable life skills and nature to enhance physical and mental well-being. Countryways especially involves those who have additional support needs, including learning disabilities and autism.
Supporting young adults with special needs (2 vols “Farm Helper Support”)
This volunteer role is mainly outdoors or in barns, all weathers, all year. It requires calm and patientindividuals 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.
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.
Time required: approx 2 hours per week; initially from home but with some on-farm involvement with small groups. 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!
Time required: 2 -3 hours per week with on-farm involvement with small groups. Needed ASAP, 3 months please.
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 feed-back and widening our reach. We also welcome Scouts and other special interest groups.
Time required: 3 hours per week or more if there are visits involved, always flexible. 6 months minimum commitment please.
An experienced, reliable book-keeper with computer experience and preferably knowledge of the SAGE system would help us be more time- efficient! Communication with staff essential.
Min Time required: 2 hours per week; 6 months minimum 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.
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: 2 hours per week, time of day of mutual convenience.
We have over 20 volunteers who are active at different times but this number is and must increase. We really need someone with excellent inter-person skills to help ensure people feel part of Countryways and understand when and what they may be doing. This includes all ages of volunteer. A DBS would be required for this role.
Time required: 2 hours per week (or more), minimum 6 months