Based on a real 53 hectare working farm, Whirlow is an educational charity which offers young people an extraordinary opportunity to experience country life and explore a vital part of their environment. An amazing 10,000 annual visitors come to Whirlow on a daily or residential basis. The visitors are mainly in the 4-12 age group and the majority live in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire. However, Whirlow’s name and reputation is spreading and youngsters are beginning to come from much further afield and increasingly from older age groups with different educational requirements.
Whirlow’s highly experienced Education Team offer a wide range of options, including environmental and healthy eating/living awareness and experiences which can fit in with the curriculum or simply provide an opportunity to touch and stroke animals for the first time. Many of the youngsters who visit have special needs or are from disadvantaged postcodes in our area. We endeavour to increase their understanding about sustainability, farming and the environment in general. It is an opportunity for them to live, work and learn together as well as respecting each other and their surrounding environment.
All our work, from ‘Where our food comes from’ programmes to physical activities including farm jobs, earth walks, pond dipping and pony riding, is designed to engage young people in learning. Activities are designed to raise confidence and self-esteem, develop team work and communication skills, unlock potential and raise aspirations.
The charity is a complex operation. To enable us to continue to offer the facilities to our visitors, we need to ensure the farm, our visitors, our animals, our produce, our buildings, our environment and our staff are looked after in the safest possible manner. Our farm is very open to the public and we have two residential units based on the farm. One is fully equipped to cater for additional support needs and wheelchair users. Safety and safeguarding are very key aspects for us. Our estate is large and needs constant maintenance. Our animals need exemplary care. Our visitors need to be protected.
As with all charitable trusts our finances are fragile. Whirlow receives little by way of grants and most of its income has to be earned or fund raised. This is through charges to visitors, sales of animals/produce, catering, fundraising and events. The successful candidate will devise and implement a range of marketing activities on and offline to increase visitors, both the public and school classes, create sponsorship partnerships, and increase donations.
Last edited on mlSep 2nd, 2015