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Welcome to volunteering

Volunteers are essential to every aspect of our work here… We have over 100 regular volunteers who generously and enthusiastically give their time to the cause. There are also those who volunteer occasionally, at events or as part of corporate groups. We value all our volunteers highly and welcome everyone aged 16 to 70+ who joins the Whirlow team.

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities across the organisation, from work on the land to that in the office. If you are interested in the countryside, want to use your skills in a beautiful setting, join a friendly team or gain work experience, we may have just the opportunity for you. Come along and enjoy the social side of supporting a charity too. We hold regular social and training evenings throughout the year.

In the polytunnel

In the polytunnel

Some of our fantastic volunteers on a tour of the polytunnels at Whirlow Hall Farm and below, grape picking.

Grape picking

Grape picking

Grapes 2014

October 2014

Because not all opportunities are available all the time, it is best to contact us to check on the current situation. Please contact the Education Office on (0114) 2360096 or email: to ask about volunteering. We can arrange for you to visit the farm to discuss our volunteering opportunities.

Queen's awardOur volunteers received (October 2013) the Queen’s Award to mark their outstanding achievements.
Tony Pedder, chair of the trustees and Master Cutler, said: “I am delighted the volunteers of the farm Trust have been recognised with this prestigious award for their fantastic contribution of time, energy and enthusiasm. It is well deserved and a great honour. Without our army of willing helpers, the charity would really struggle and we are indebted to each and every one of them. They are the cornerstone of Whirlow Hall Farm.”
As an educational charity, Whirlow provides a hands-on learning experience for more than 10,000 visitors a year – many of the children being unaware where food comes from. It needs to raise more than £300,000 every year to operate the farm and its activities.

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