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Are you interested in joining our team? If so, we'd love to hear from you.
 

You can view and apply for our current vacancies below. 

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Adult Placement Support 

recruiting for April 2021

About this volunteer role

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Our team provides holistic experience, creative development and friendship for adults with learning disabilities/difficulties and ASD (Autistic Spectrum disorder).  Our adult placements are at the center of the work we do and the services we provide. All activities are inspired by and, indeed, take place in and around our working farmyard, gardens, cafe and popular visitor centre.  

 

As an Adult Placement Support volunteer, you will provide individual assistance to adults with learning difficulties/disabilities and ASD who attend the farm, by supporting them to accomplish their routine tasks. Our placements work in various areas of the farm:

 

  • livestock

  • small animals

  • horticulture

  • kitchen

  • cafe

 

They also attend various workshops including:

 

  • photography

  • textiles

  • pottery

  • painting

  • drawing

 

Volunteers are required to work directly with our adult placements to assist in promoting skills development, lift their spirits and encourage independence by ensuring the process is enriching. Specific tasks will depend on the needs of the placement and the area they are working. Volunteers are allocated no more than two placements to support throughout the session.

What is in it for you?

 

As well as making a difference to a locally loved community resource, set among the beautiful surroundings of The Ouseburn, this is a great opportunity to meet people from a wide variety of backgrounds and to gain experience of working as part of a small, dedicated team.

You will also learn about how we work with animals, the ethos here at Ouseburn Farm and absorbing, first-hand, the day-to-day life here.

As part of our promise to all of our volunteers, you will receive an introductory Volunteer Induction as well as role specific training and support to help you carry out your volunteer role confidently and competently.

As an Ouseburn Farm Adult Placement Support Volunteer you will gain valuable experience working with people with learning difficulties/disabilities which can be an incredibly positive and rewarding experience.  If you are interested in pursuing a career in teaching or care work it could enhance your CV.

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Find out more - please contact stewart.turnbull@ouseburnfarm.org.uk

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SHOP/MEET AND GREET VOLUNTEER ROLES

recruiting for April 2021

About this volunteer role

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This is a very exciting time to be joining our team as we gradually begin to reopen different aspects of the farm’s services and activities in line with the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.  Pre-pandemic we completed some capital works and, as a result, we have a new, improved and larger entrance, reception and retail area. 

 

Ouseburn Farm Shop Volunteers will assist customers with their retail purchases, ensure that all shelves and point of sale display areas are fully stocked and replenished as required as well as processing cash and card transactions. You will also form part of our Meet & Greet Team - a critical role in these early stages of reopening to help ensure a Covid safe experience for all of our visitors.   

 

If you enjoy working as part of a small, friendly and dedicated team and are passionate about delivering excellent customer service, we would love to hear from you.

What is in it for you?

 

As well as making a difference to a locally loved community resource, set among the beautiful surroundings of The Ouseburn, this is a great opportunity to meet people from a wide variety of backgrounds and to gain experience of working as part of a small, dedicated team.

 

You will learn how we demonstrate skill, knowledge and behaviour to work with vulnerable adults in a respectful and enriching way.  You will learn how we work with animals, the ethos here at Ouseburn Farm and absorbing, first-hand, the day-to-day life here.

 

As part of our promise to all of our volunteers, you will receive an introductory Volunteer Induction as well as role specific training and support to help you carry out your volunteer role confidently and competently.

 

If you are interested in pursuing a career in retail or front of house work, it could enhance your CV.  As an Ouseburn Farm Shop Volunteer you will gain valuable experience working with people with learning difficulties/disabilities which can be an incredibly positive and rewarding experience.  

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Find out more - please contact stewart.turnbull@ouseburnfarm.org.uk

Please note that we are not currently recruiting volunteers for animal care or other roles until we are able to reopen safely But, please watch this space and checkout our socials for updates or sign up to our mailing list.

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the mantra we live by

This is a place for growing.

Plants, fruit and veg, animals, but most of all, people.

We cultivate joy here. And learning.

We nurture self-confidence and a sense of belonging.

You’ll feel it as soon as you walk through our door.

Lives are being enriched. Needs are being nourished.

It couldn’t happen without our volunteers. Or your donations.

We’re a charity. Run for people, not for profits.

A community-spirited place where everyone is welcome. And valued.

This is a happy place.

A wholesome place. A human place.