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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. 


Adult Placement Support 

recruiting for september 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 centre 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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digital communications ROLES

recruiting for october 2021

About this volunteer role

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Are you a fiend on Facebook? A Snapchat superhero? A Tiktok titan? We want to hear from you!


We are seeking to recruit a team of upbeat, knowledgeable and motivated digital communications volunteers to help bring the Ouseburn Farm Communications Plan to life across all our social channels (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) as well as our email marketing campaigns (Mailchimp) and website.


In this role you will strengthen and grow our profile in the city and wider region by producing outstanding content and distributing this across existing channels as well as making the case for new channels or tools that can help grow our reach.

What's in it for you?

Ouseburn Farm is keen to engage with people from all walks of life, of any background, with the drive, enthusiasm and passion to help us extend our reach and engage with more members of our community.


Whether you’re looking for the chance to give something back, work experience, or something to do in your free time, Ouseburn Farm can offer:


  • A meaningful volunteer experience with a vibrant, dynamic local charity

  • The chance to be part of a forward thinking team planning, contributing and implementing a professional communications plan

  • Induction and training about the work Ouseburn Farm does as well as our core values and branding

  • Access to ongoing support and development, including further training appropriate to your role

  • Travel and other agreed expenses

  • Valuable work experience and a reference resource for the future

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

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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.