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​​​​Volunteer Programme:

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The volunteer programme is a one day per week, four-month placement. At the end of the four months volunteers will receive a Certificate in Animal Care (endorsed by East Durham College) or a Certificate of Attendance. This gives volunteers experience handling a wide range of animals and CV building material. Volunteer days are Tuesday, Friday or Saturday for over 18s and Sunday for under 18s, a typical day is 9.15am – 4.45pm with two short beaks and an hour for lunch.

Main Volunteer Roles:

·         Feeding and watering the farms livestock and small animals
·         Cleaning out the indoor pig pens, chickens and small animals
·         Basic health and behaviour checks of sheep, goats, pigs and small animals.
·         Provide enrichment activities for the animals
·         Conservation activities
·         Gardening
·         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 a Saturday morning induction, here they will receive a tour of the farm and basic training, they can then decide if they wish to enrol on the volunteer 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 work.

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We currently have a waiting list for all our volunteering days, please email kelly@billquayfarm.org.uk to be ut on the waiting list!


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