Volunteers are very important to us at Gorgie City 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Gail, our Volunteering & Inclusion Manager, on email@example.com, or telephone on 0131 337 4202, for a chat.
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. There are gardening groups on Wednesdays or Thursdays, and Maintenance roles also available.
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 Gail, our Volunteering & Inclusion Manager, on firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com or telephone 0131 337 4202 to organise these placements.
Summer intern opportunity – UPDATE: NOW FILLED FOR SUMMER 2019!
We regularly offer an outstanding opportunity for the right person to become volunteer intern within the Education team in the Spring and Summer months. You would be working with and leading school groups, community groups and running holiday activities from June-August – or earlier if available. This is an ideal opportunity for anyone looking to gain experience in working with children, animals or community groups. For more details and a role description, click here.