Farm Volunteer

Location Lewes
Discipline: Central Services
Job type: Volunteer
Contact name: Careers

Contact email:
Job ref: 006362
Published: 5 months ago
Startdate: March 2024

Chailey Heritage Foundation is a leading charity dedicated to providing exceptional education and care for children and young adults with complex neurodisabilities, physical disabilities and health needs. Our state-of-the-art facilities and expert staff create a nurturing environment where individuals can thrive, reach their full potential and make a difference to their lives and that of their families.


We are looking for a Farm Volunteer to come and support our farm, Patchwork Farm to participate in the daily husbandry and daily routine of the farm.


What will you be doing? 

  • A sense of satisfaction in knowing you are helping others and making a difference
  • Enjoyment of meeting a variety of new people
  • Working as part of a team
  • New skills and experiences
  • Opportunity for others to learn and benefit from your skills and experience

The primary role of the farm volunteer will be to participate in the daily husbandry and daily routines of the farm. This will include:

  • Preparing feed and water for the animals.
  • Clean, disinfect and maintain high standards of hygiene and cleanliness.
  • Maintaining enclosures.
  • Daily record keeping and completion of all relevant animal paperwork.
  • Animal health checks and, when required/instructed, give medication.
  • Assist with the handling of animals for routine treatments such as foot trimming and shearing.
  • Attend to the exercise, socialising and grooming needs of the animals when needed.
  • Assisting with the educational sessions/workshops for our YP or visiting groups.

With the above in mind, we are looking for volunteers who have:

  • A keen interest in animals, in particular farm animals.
  • Calm and confident with large and small animals or the willingness to learn to be so.
  • Good observational skills to notice changes in animals' behaviour.
  • The ability to communicate with a range of people (young people, teachers, teaching assistants, carers.)
  • Be reliable and have a flexible approach to work tasks allocated and working hours.
  • The ability to carry out the role independently with minimum supervision.
  • Physically able to carry out practical tasks on a farm.

What you will gain by Volunteering:

  • A sense of satisfaction and belonging, knowing you are helping the young people and families of the Charity to enjoy the outdoors and have safe spaces to socialise or spend time in quiet contemplation

  • Meeting a variety of new people who express delight in the gardens they work in.

  • Opportunity for others to learn and benefit from your skills and experiences

  • Being part of a small friendly team – there are usually 2 or 3 gardening volunteers working at the same time.

Training and Support:

  • Volunteers will be given an induction of the site and gardens and are required to attend an initial mandatory training session that includes Safeguarding, Fire Safety, Manual Handling (brief online video); and any other occasional training/ information sessions deemed necessary.
  • Volunteers must also be prepared to undertake regular updating of mandatory training as and when required.
  • You will find all our staff and volunteers very friendly and approachable, and grateful for any assistance you can give.

Time Commitment:


For this role, we ask that volunteers should be prepared to make a regular commitment but considering the seasonal requirements of a garden.  Our gardening volunteers usually work on a Wednesday morning, and we understand that it may not be possible for our volunteers to help every week


Other Information:


All volunteering opportunities at Chailey Heritage Foundation will require an volunteer disclosure check by the DBS – this does not mean that you cannot volunteer for us if you have a previous conviction.  Chailey Heritage Foundation conforms to all aspects of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.


Volunteers are required to abide by all policies and procedures within Chailey Heritage Foundation at all times.


For more information on the volunteer opportunity, click here..


For an informal discussion please call our People Team on 01825 724444/ Ext. 709