Volunteering opportunities

"Volunteering - an act of freewill that satisfies soul and mind"

There are a wide range of volunteer opportunities available at The Fold, suitable for many from all walks and stages of life. Most of these are ‘Day Volunteers’ which live in the local area and come one or two days a week and we do also have a few spaces available for ‘Residential Volunteers’ if you are coming from further afield. Whether you want to get back to nature and work on the land or gain experience in an office space there is likely to be a position suitable for you, take a look below to see a variety of areas in which we take on volunteers.

As a non-profit The Fold relies on wonderful volunteers to ensure it keeps running and is able to serve our community. We value our volunteers highly and the hard work they put in to ensure that The Fold continues to be a centre for growth and change in society. As a volunteer you will get the opportunity to learn new skills from the talented, knowledgeable team on-site, alongside gaining important experience that can help you further your career or personal endeavours. You will also become part of our close and supportive community which joins together for community events to celebrate and thank our volunteers for the hard work they put in.

Due to COVID restrictions we are currently not running the care farm and are at capacity for our farm team and therefore are unable to take on any volunteers on the farm at this time. We do still have other volunteer opportunities available, so if you are interested in helping out in other capacities please get in touch.

Please fill in the form at the bottom of the page to apply

Communications/ marketing

Want to put your creative skills to good use? Looking to gain more experience across multiple marketing disciplines online and offline?

Assist the Communications and Events manager with tasks including creating fact sheets to spread awareness and give advice on how to live a more sustainable lifestyle, writing blog posts, helping manage The Fold’s social media accounts and more!

    Events

    Join the Fold events team and help organise and run our fabulous programme of cultural events. Activities range from deciding which events to run, distributing leaflets, selling tickets, set up on the night including decorations, running the door and putting the site back to bed.

    Office/Admin

    Gain experience in an office environment with administration and customer service tasks that cover all aspects of The Fold, from helping the farm team manage the harvest records to answering customer enquiries on the telephone.

    Cafe/Farm Shop

    Gain experience with retail and hospitality in supporting roles like putting out stock in our beautiful bijou farm shop or cleaning and tidying after customers in our busy cafe.

    Helping on the care farm

    There are volunteer opportunities on the Care Farm supporting participants to access a range of therapeutic farm-based activities. Care Farm participants are adults and young people with a range of support needs, such as a learning disability, mental health issues, acquired brain injury and adults living with Dementia. Volunteers work with the Care Farm Manager to enable participants to engage in activities that include all aspects of growing organic vegetables, fruits and herbs, cooking and preserving produce, crafts using natural materials and nature walks.

    As this volunteer role will involve working with children and vulnerable adults, we will ask all volunteers to have a DBS check (we can cover the cost of this and provide all the necessary forms) and to also provide 2 references.

      Children's farm and nature play events

      We also run children’s ‘farm and nature play’ activities during the school holiday periods and we are hoping to begin offering children activities during term time soon. There are volunteer opportunities to assist in helping prepare and deliver our children’s activities too.

      cARE FARM PROJECTS

      There are also some one-off project based volunteer opportunities available to help make it more accessible to participants with limited mobility. These include helping establish as raised bed area for participants to sort and organise our woodwork workshop.

      Helping on the farm

      Reconnect with the land an where your food comes from with practical work on our organic, minimum tillage farm. Tasks include day-to-day jobs such as harvesting, weeding and taking care of the chickens. In the winter these tasks are focused on long-term maintenance of the site such as cutting back hedges and fixing and cleaning tools.

      Site and Nature Trail Maintenance

      Do you have a love of nature and wildlife? Want to help protect the beautiful Worcestershire Countryside? Then why not help out with maintenance on our land and help keep it looking beautiful, healthy and a safe home for the local wildlife.

       One-off projects

        We also have opportunities for one-off projects that volunteers to lead or partake in. Some examples are below, however if you have a project in mind that you think would be well-suited to The Fold please get in touch!
      •  Painting a mural on side of the maintenance shed.
      • Contributing towards development of the community housing project.
      • Building a large Willow sculpture on the side of the road.
      • Developing nature enhancing shelters and habitats for wildlife.

      Volunteer Enquiry Form - All applicants must be over the age of 18

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