On your first day at the farm you will have an induction, which will include a tour around the farm and provide you with Health and Safety information. Most training is done as part of your work with us. We will explain and guide you through each new task; we’ll also explain how to use tools safely and efficiently every time we use an unfamiliar tool.
Checking that you are settling in
One to one review meetings are available on request. We believe that open communication and feedback is a must, so we will check regularly to make sure you are happy with the tasks that you are being given and in your work with us generally. Any comments or suggestions towards improving specifics or the farm more generally are welcome.
How we communicate
The Volunteer Coordinator will send you regular emails which will have key dates for events and plans are for the upcoming weeks. As a volunteer group, we chat and send photos to each other using ‘Whatsapp’. You can contact the Volunteer Coordinator over the phone or by email.
Volunteer and staff meetings
We have volunteer meetings quarterly. This is your opportunity to have an input into the scheme of work on the garden, learn about the seasonal action plan and get a clearer picture of the growing strategy.
Taking home vegetables
When available, we give volunteers surplus veg as a thank you for your hard work!
What will I need to bring on the day
You should wear work gloves to protect your hands – please bring your own if you can. We can however provide disposable gloves or work gloves if this is not possible.
Wear strong boots or shoes, steel-toe caps are needed if you are working with anything heavy. Bring old clothes which you don’t mind getting dirty. You’ll also need to bring waterproofs. This winter, make sure you come with plenty of warm clothes as indoor time is limited.
Please feel free to bring enough of your own food to keep you going throughout the day. We would also be delighted to offer you a 15% discount on food and drink in the cafe from the cafe, and a 10% discount on your shopping in the Farmshop as a thank you for your volunteering!
Health and safety insurance
We will provide you with a safe working environment, suitable protective clothing and training where required. Please make sure you use tools and personal protective equipment as advised, listen to H&S advice and tell us when you are concerned about any potential problems.
We try to make sure tasks aren’t too strenuous, but please be aware that you might be doing activities that your body is not used to. Work at a pace which suits you, take regular breaks and drink plenty of water. If you’re unsure about how to do a task, or would like some tips- please just ask. If you are finding a job too difficult, we can try to find you other things to do.
Please read through the additional H&S Information and Risk Assessment given to you at your induction. We have insurance in place which covers volunteers. More details of our insurance is available on request. We need to make sure that all our volunteers have had the right information so that you can start volunteering safely and with confidence.