Volunteering

Keeping the farm running involves a variety of work and volunteers play a vital role in making our farm a beautiful, productive and welcoming space for the community. We are hugely grateful for the commitment and contributions of our volunteer team. 

Why volunteer?

Volunteering on the farm is a great way to get outside, meet people and learn new skills. Spending time on the farm can also be therapeutic, a welcome break from the stresses of the city.

Volunteer Roles

Most volunteers help with practical activities on the Farm. Here are our main three volunteer opportunities: 

  1. Farm Volunteer (Opening and Closing): Every morning and evening for 30-60 minutes. Main tasks are feeding the animals, letting them out/ putting them to bed, and watering gardens in warmer weather. This could easily fit before or after a standard working day. Minimum commitment 2 shifts a month. 
  2. Education Volunteer:Supporting delivery of our Jamie’s Farm programmes with young people, mainly secondary school age. Volunteers lead small group activities on the farm and take part in group discussions. Sessions are typically 2.5 hours a week, and programmes last for 6 weeks. 
  3. Open Volunteering – come along to our monthly Volunteering Open days if you would like to get involved but would like our relationship to stay casual! Check when our next date is on our opening times page. 

If you have other valuable skills you think you could lend the Farm as a volunteer, for example in marketing or fundraising, please email us direct on farm@oasiswaterloo.org 

Requirements

All our volunteers need to be over 18 years of age. A DBS check is needed if you become an Education volunteer. Education volunteers need to display the right approach for supporting therapeutic work with young people. 

Our Farm and Education Volunteers need to be reliable and conscientious, as both roles carry responsibility for the care of others.  

How to start volunteering

If you are interested in becoming a regular volunteer please apply via the Farm Volunteer Application Form or email farm@oasiswaterloo.org if you have further questions.

Corporate volunteering

If you are an organisation interested in volunteering as a group, please see our Volunteering for Organisations page.

Resources for volunteers