Volunteering at Almond Valley
Almond Valley grew from volunteer roots and continues to offer many opportunities to enhance skills, broaden experiences, and support our work through volunteering.
In an ever more regulated world, the only way in which children and young people can participate as volunteers is as members of the Young Volunteers club. The club runs a Friday afternoon session and two sessions each day on Saturday and Sunday, which provides children aged 5-16 the opportunity to help out on the farm and assist in presenting smaller animals to our visitors. Children under 8, or requiring special support should normally be accompanied by a parent or carer. Participation in Young Volunteers is only available to those holding Friends membership.
There are two routes by which adults can help out in the operation of the farm:
Farm Interns are fixed term placements (typically intensive short term assignment) intended for those seeking practical experience to advance their course of studies, normally in animal husbandry or veterinary science. A practical background in working with large livestock is an essential requirement. Farm Volunteer positions are available to those over 18 years wishing to volunteer over a longer period with animal husbandry and associated manual tasks. A very limited of positions are available and when vacancies arise, selection criteria are similar to those for paid positions.
Museum operation provides further opportunity for volunteer participation, either in our programme of historical research and digitisation, assistance with other museum services. Once again, the number of positions is limited and when vacancies arise these are filled by selective interview.
We are always happy to hear from others willing to share specific skills through volunteering
For Corporate Groups
Every year we're pleased to welcome many corporate groups who choose to spend a day at Almond Valley wielding paintbrushes, spades and rakes. Sometimes this work is structured as a team challenge, on other occasions it's a more relaxed opportunity for groups of colleagues to work together for the community.
Especially during good weather, there are many opportunities to build paths, plant hedges and undertake many more environmental tasks. We provide tools, direction and other support. Where a group is able to contribute towards the costs of materials, this greatly extends what can be achieved. Please contact us for further information.