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Our drivers enable us to transport children to and from schools in our minibuses. Our guides enable more children to experience a farm tour (weekend guides too). Some volunteers help the fundraising team to organise events and so enable the farm to continue the Trust’s charitable work, others do clerical and administrative tasks or sell our produce in the farm shop. Out and about on the farm, volunteers carry out small repairs, help with the animals and do horticultural work – developing our new state-of-the-art poytunnel and market garden area for instance.

Events

We hold a variety of events at the farm each year – fun and educational open days and ‘fayres’. Would you like to help out? We have our Lambing Day in the spring, Farm Fayre every September and our Christmas Fayre at the end of the year.

Edwardian couple

Edwardian couple

Victorian costumed Norman and Margaret volunteer at events such as Kelham Island’s Victorian Christmas Market

We also hold ‘Beer and Bangers’ comedy evenings, where we need volunteers to help serve drinks and the famous Whirlow ‘bangers’!
There are also running events, Christmas wreath making, Carol services and plenty more; just come along and get involved.
You could be a part of the team for just a few hours and help to make the day a memorable one. Or you may be able to support our busy Events team with the planning and preparation.
Farmers’ markets

At a farmers' market

At a farmers’ market

We are also looking for people who are interested in and support local food and would enjoy working at local farmers’ markets and fairs. This work is really fun; it involves selling meat and vegetables from Whirlow Hall Farm along with many other local producers, crafts and arts businesses. We also try to make sure there is enough time for volunteers to enjoy the market and do some of their own shopping. All money raised goes towards supporting the Trust’s charitable activities.

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Indoor roles

Farm shop

Sarah - a regular volunteer

Sarah – a regular volunteer

The Farm Shop opened in 2008 and has established a reputation for selling high-quality, locally-sourced meat and other produce. We need volunteers to help run the shop so please do call in if you are interested.
Café
The café regularly opens 5 days a week, Wednesdays to Sundays, though this can vary according to school holidays etc. It sells the famous Whirlow Breakfast and other snacks and light refreshments. Do you have any café or catering experience? Helpers can do anything from a half day per week to full time. We also need people to help prepare foodstuffs for sale in the shop.
Office work

In the office

In the office

Occasionally we need help in our busy offices. IT skills are essential – the ability to use word and basic spread sheets. Tasks include photocopying and envelope stuffing. Come and help us in either of our friendly offices: Education or Fundraising.

Ashwin is volunteering in the Education Office at Whirlow Hall Farm as part of his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award

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Out and about

Farm work
Are you interested in working with animals?
By special arrangement you might be able to join our farm team. We have a dedicated Tuesday group who support the farmer and new opportunities occasionally arise.
Gardening
Do you have green fingers and like to work outside in a beautiful setting? Or maybe you’re just keen to join in and learn.
We currently have a Wednesday gardening club. Tasks include weeding, planting and maintaining the market garden, polytunnels and vineyard. We also have an orchard and Jubilee Wood.
Beekeeping
Are you interested in joining our bee team? An enthusiasm for bees and honey production and a regular commitment is all you need. The bee team do valuable work for the bees as well as for us…

The bee team

Some of the bee team

Checking in hives

Checking in hives

Learn how to maintain the hives on the farm – we give full training.
Handiwork
Are you good with a hammer and a drill?
We often need volunteers to carry out small maintenance jobs on the farm – mend gates, fences, and carry out simple DIY tasks. Tuesday is our maintenance day but other times may be available to suit.
Minibus driving
Are you MIDAS trained? Our drivers pick up children from their school and bring them to the farm. You need to be over 21 years of age with two years’ driving experience. Please check with us before you apply both for availability and that you have the current categories on your licence to meet DVLA requirements.

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Education delivery

Are you an ex-teacher or someone interested in communicating and sharing information?
You do not need to be a farming expert, just be enthusiastic about helping children and young people learn about the countryside and where food comes from. Full regular training is provided.
Weekend tours
Do you have some time on your hands at weekends? Would you like to get out in the fresh air and meet people?
Can you spare one Saturday or Sunday a month, 11am to 3pm, on a rota basis to support the charity? We can train you to lead guided tours around the farm, enabling the whole community to enjoy the environment and understand the work.

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Last edited on mlAug 27th, 2015

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