Volunteers are very important to us at Gorgie Farm. People volunteer for lots of different reasons, from wishing to gain work experience in preparation for employment or as part of accreditation for courses at college or university, to those looking to use their spare time constructively in the local community. Around 50% of our volunteers have additional support needs and the Farm has a strong network of referral agents who signpost people to us who are often facing profound disadvantages and social disengagement.
We offer a variety of opportunities including hands-on work with our animals, supporting visiting education groups and working in gardening groups. We hope there will be something to appeal to everyone who wants to help.
As a new member of the LOVE organisation we have access to their SQA centre and have the opportunity to train our volunteers to the highest standard, from compliance awards up to degree level qualifications.
We have volunteers at the farm 7 days a week. At weekends we run our youth rota for young people aged 14-18, so if you are a young person in this age group looking for weekend volunteering, please get in touch on Gorgie@l-o-v-e.org.uk.
We also provide opportunities for supported young people aged between 14 and 18 years old to volunteer during the week with our small animals or our large animals and poultry, and also in our gardening groups on a Wednesday and Thursday. We would welcome a chat with you if you would like to discuss this area of our work further.
To discuss referring a young person to our weekday supported volunteering programme please contact please contact us on Gorgie@l-o-v-e.org.uk.
We mainly take on volunteers who are facing a challenging period in their lives or have support needs. We offer a weekday Large Animals and Poultry Assistant role, where volunteers are offered a set time each week in the morning or afternoon. We also take on volunteers for similar length sessions with our small animals at the Pet Lodge.
For volunteers without support needs, there are Education roles assisting with tours and workshops for children and adults.
We are lucky enough to find that there is a high rate of interest in all our volunteer roles! However, we would be delighted to hear from you if you are keen to get involved.
If you are interested in enquiring, please contact Gorgie@l-o-v-e.org.uk, and we can advise you further.
We offer weeks of work experience all year round with the larger livestock and poultry, and during holiday periods with the small animals. Most weeks are allocated on a first come first served basis. During term-time at least half our spaces will be allocated to school pupils.
Please contact us directly via Gorgie@l-o-v-e.org.uk to organise these placements.