We run five different training projects for adult students with learning disabilities at the Farm – Cow Pat, Moo Crew, New Leaf, Farm Produce and Plot to Shop.
Volunteers working with these projects provide one-to-one support to help develop our adult student’s skills and enjoyment. Experience within the area is useful, but FAR more important is a person who is enthusiastic, patient and supportive to our students and understands the focus of the project.
We look for volunteers who can commit regularly for a long period of time. Our adult students take time to get to know volunteers, work closely with them and rely on their regular support.
See below for more information about each specific project and any vacancies we are currently recruiting for.
Plot to Shop is a weekly progression project for adult students with learning disabilities, who work as a team to grow fruit and vegetables that they harvest and sell in the farm shop. The project runs from 10am-3pm on Thursday and Friday.
Volunteers play an important role in the team helping support our students with gardening or retail activities in an educational and fun environment. We are also keen to hear from volunteers who have existing horticulture skills to help maintain the Plot to Shop growing area.
Thursday and Friday vacancies, please apply below!
New Leaf is a weekly training project for adult students with learning disabilities interested in growing and tending their own plot. Students learn horticultural skills and choose what they grow throughout the year.
Volunteers would need to commit to attending regularly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 10am – 3pm.
Tuesday vacancy, please apply below!
Moo Crew is a training project for adult students with learning disabilities who would like to be involved in the working life of a farm. The project focuses on the specific farming interests of individual students and can encompass any element of day to day farming life. This project runs from 10am-3pm on Mondays.
Volunteers take an active role enabling our students to carry out daily animal care duties; such as collecting eggs, mucking out the goats or taking the donkeys for a walk.
Monday vacancy – please apply below
Cow Pat is a weekly training project for adult students with learning disabilities interested in working with the farm’s animals. Students learn skills in animal husbandry, including feeding, animal care, grooming, incubation, birthing and mucking out. The project supports four long-term students, led by a member of staff and support workers.
Volunteers would need to commit to attending regularly on Mondays from 10am – 3pm.
No current vacancies.
Farm Produce is a training project for adult students with learning disabilities interested in using the produce from the Farm in cooking and craft work. Students use eggs to bake, plants from the dye garden to dye materials and bees wax to roll candles. Farm Produce runs from 10am-3pm on Wednesday and Thursday.
Volunteers work alongside students to enable them to carry out their chosen weekly activity. Some cooking or craft knowledge would be beneficial in this volunteer role.
No current vacancies.