Volunteering at FarmAbility
At FarmAbility we work with adults with learning disabilities at our location on a working farm near Wytham. Our co-farmers engage in purposeful, outdoor activities that improve physical health and well-being, foster a sense of community, and allow the development and strengthening of skills and abilities. We have seen that this can change people’s lives, and our team of volunteers who join us are a vital part of this: they work with our co-farmers and encourage them to make the most of their time here.
Some volunteers support co-farmers during activities around the farm, providing encouragement and guidance, and sharing their energy and skills with co-farmers. Other volunteers provide much-needed expertise in financial accounting, or practitioner knowledge such as occupational therapy. Volunteers enjoy our friendly atmosphere, quickly becoming part of the FarmAbility team of staff, co-farmers and other volunteers, and appreciate the chance to do rewarding work while gaining new skills and experience in a beautiful, outdoor setting.
How to get involved
We welcome volunteers from many different walks of life, and we’d love to hear from you if you would like to explore a volunteering role with FarmAbility. To find out more and have a chat about volunteering, please contact our Programme Manager JP on JP@farm-ability.org.uk. We are always happy to talk about how you might be able to support us in our work: if you would then like to come and find out what it would be like to be a volunteer we would be happy to arrange a taster session for you.
At the moment we're especially looking for volunteers who are able to join us on Fridays, although we'd be delighted to speak to anyone who is available on any day.
We ask our volunteers who support our co-farmers to come on a regular day each week. This can be for a whole day (our co-farmers are with us on weekdays from 10am - 4pm) or for a part of that time, depending on your personal circumstances. Coming on a regular day means that you get to know our co-farmers, and they get to know you.