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Volunteer Opportunity at

Bill Quay Community Farm

Volunteer Role: Farm Shop Volunteer

About Bill Quay Farm:

Bill Quay Community Farm is a free visitor attraction and working farm in East Gateshead, it was established in 1986 by Gateshead Council and since 2013 has been run as a charity. The site is around 10 hectares and comprises permanent pasture, ponds and woodland. The farm is a Rare Breed Survival Trust approved farm park, this means all livestock on the farm is rare and indigenous to the UK.

Volunteer Programme:

Bill Quay Community Farm has been working very hard throughout 2016 to build capacity, this means looking for new sources of income. An exciting opportunity has arisen in the form of a farm shop! We are looking to recruit volunteer(s) who could assist our team in running the farm shop. We are seeking someone with good people skills, happy to chat to members of the public and good money handling skills, the volunteer will be trustworthy, honest and reliable. The farm shop hours will be 10am-4pm, 7 days/week, we are looking for volunteers that could assist in the shop for either a full day or during the AM or PM opening times (10-1pm/1-4pm). Volunteers must be 18 or older.

Main Volunteer Roles:

·        Answering the phone and taking messages.
·        Meeting and greeting members of the public and local community and telling them about the farm and what we offer.
·        Sell farm products/ produce to clients, take money and give correct change.
·        Volunteers may also be asked if they are available to help with large farm events (May Day and Halloween) or Bag Packing events.

Training:

Volunteers will be invited to the farm for an interview and induction, here they will receive a tour of the farm and basic training, the farm and potential volunteer can then decide if the volunteer is right for the programme. Volunteers will then work through a self-check/progression list so that they can identify where they are confident and which activities need more development.

Want to Volunteer?

Contact Kelly for an application form at kelly@billquayfarm.org.uk or 01914419715. Or download the application form here: Volunteer Shop Application.docx

 

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