Volunteer for us.

Individual volunteering.

With 160 acres of farm and woodland along with lots of buildings and of course our beautiful animals to care for, the Amelia Trust Farm requires a lot of help to ensure that we run smoothly.  Our volunteer opportunities are diverse ranging from assisting with animal care, carrying out site maintenance, looking after our grounds, gardening, helping us with fundraising, lending a hand in the Café or our Shop and helping out with marketing, events and administration.

If you would like to apply to become an individual volunteer at the Farm please download and complete our short application form telling us the role you’d like to apply for, and we’ll be in touch with you soon.  Please send completed forms to general@ameliatrust.org.uk.

Please note: Because of the nature of the work we do with vulnerable young people, all volunteers must be over the age of 18 years. Successful applicants will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Check.  Volunteers are asked to contribute £10 towards the administration cost of the check.

Volunteer vacancies.

Animal Care.

Do you LOVE animals? We need enthusiastic people to help us look after all of our fantastic animals to keep them in tip top condition.

You would be responsible for:

  • Feeding and caring for the Farm animals and pets
  • Cleaning the animal housing and farm areas
  • Ensuring that bio-security is maintained
  • Collecting eggs from our laying chickens
  • Washing and packing eggs
  • Work in compliance with our Health and Safety procedures
  • Undertake any other such tasks as may be required

Download the Animal Care Volunteer Profile

Grounds Maintenance.

Do you have green fingers?  Are you magic with a mower? We need help keeping our grounds looking neat and tidy including our amphitheatre, children’s play area, memorial garden and labyrinth.

You would be responsible for:

  • Maintaining the grounds and fencing in the memorial garden, play areas and labyrinth
  • Removing weeds, nettles and litter
  • Cutting grass and overgrown bushes
  • Assisting with the replacement of new memorial plaques
  • Work in compliance with our Health and Safety procedures
  • Undertake any other such tasks as may be required

Download the Grounds Maintenance Volunteer Profile

Marketing & Administration.

Do you have great communication skills?  Can you work a spread sheet? Are you a whiz with social media? Or perhaps you’re a creative thinker? Enjoy helping run events? We need help in our office and onsite with Marketing and Administration

You would be responsible for:

  • Helping to answer general enquiries and the phone in the main office
  • Lending a hand with photocopying, shredding, laminating and filing
  • Helping out with marketing and communications
  • Helping out with Event planning and implementation
  • Maintaining IT databases and mailing lists
  • Work in compliance with our Health and Safety procedures
  • Undertake any other such tasks as may be required

Download the Marketing & Administration Volunteer Profile

General Maintenance.

Are you handy with a paint brush?  Do you enjoy DIY? With lots of buildings to maintain we are always on the look out for people to help with the upkeep of the Farm.

You would be responsible for:

  • Helping out with basic repair, painting and decorating to the infrastructure of the site including:
  • Buildings including our bunkhouse, offices, sport hall, independent living centre, music studio, café, pottery and meeting rooms
  • Animal pens and paddocks
  • Public areas
  • Pathways
  • Work in compliance with our Health and Safety procedures
  • Undertake any other such tasks as may be required

Download the General Maintenance Volunteer Profile

Events & Activities Production.

Do you have a creative flair? Good at thinking outside of the box and working to budgets?

Have you got experience of producing props and decorations for promotion, events and activities?

We are looking for volunteers to help with the production of props needed for trails and fun activities and events around the Farm.

Download the Events & Activities Production Profile

Meet & Greet.

Do you like meeting new people? Are you good at talking to people?  We need help welcoming visitors to the farm and encouraging people to donate to our cause.

You would be responsible for:

  • Providing information on activities at the Farm
  • Explaining about the charitable work of the Amelia Trust Farm
  • Encouraging visitors to the Farm to leave donations for car parking
  • Encouraging visitors to become “Friends of the Farm”
  • Helping us count how many people come to site with a clicker
  • Work in compliance with our Health and Safety procedures
  • Undertake any other such tasks as may be required

Download the Meet & Greet Volunteer Profile

Fundraising.

Do you like meeting new people? Do you have fundraising ideas?  We need help with our fundraising events and activities to help us raise much needed funds to help us to continue to support vulnerable young people.

You would be responsible for:

  • Helping us to plan fundraising activities such as sourcing prizes for
    a raffle, baking cakes, getting support from local businesses, putting up posters and distributing leaflets
  • Providing fundraising support at events such as staffing a stall,
    running a raffle, helping with children’s activities, bag packing etc.
  • Making suggestions for new fundraising ideas
  • Work in compliance with our Health and Safety procedures
  • Undertake any other such tasks as may be required

Download the Fundraising Volunteer Profile

Education.

Do you have some spare time to help support our young people?  Do you enjoy helping people?  We are looking for people to help us deliver alternative education to young people on placement at the Farm.

You would be responsible for:

  • Providing support with basic literacy and numeracy skills
  • Helping to support young people with the completion of written
    work for assessments
  • Supporting young people with writing CVs
  • Helping young people complete application forms, writing letters and developing interview skills
  • Work in compliance with our Health and Safety procedures
  • Undertake any other such tasks as maybe required

Download the Education Volunteer Profile

Café.

Do you like meeting people? Can you make a mean cup of tea? We need volunteers to help us with the efficient running of the Cafe.

You would be responsible for:

  • Welcoming visitors to the Farm
  • Helping us to provide dinners to the young people
  • Providing refreshments and information about the Farms trails to visitors
  • Making sure the café and kitchen are kept clean
  • Complying with food hygiene regulations
  • Work in compliance with our Health and Safety procedures
  • Undertake any other such tasks as may be required

Download the Cafe Volunteer Profile

Farm Shop General Volunteer.

Do you like interacting with customers? Working in a small retail environment? Enjoy making sales and handling stock? No retail experience necessary but helpful. We need volunteers to help us run our Farm shop enterprise.

You would be responsible:

  • To welcome visitors to the Farm Shop
  • To provide information on Farm trails and other activities to visitors
  • To answer customer questions
  • To collect payment for items sold
  • To assist with stock rotation
  • To explain about the charitable work of the Trust
  • To encourage visitors to become “Friends of the Farm”; to Sponsor an Animal or donate in any other way
  • To ensure that the Farm Shop is kept clean and tidy
  • To ensure compliance with the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 on Trust premises
  • To undertake any other such tasks as may be required

Download the Farm Shop General Volunteer Profile

Farm Shop Manager Volunteer.

Do you like interacting with customers? Working in a small retail environment? Enjoy making sales and handling stock? No retail experience necessary but helpful. We need volunteers to help us run our Farm shop enterprise.

You would be responsible:

  • To train and develop Farm Shop Volunteers to welcome visitors to the Farm, provide information, answer customer questions and collect payment for items sold
  • To liaise with Farm Shop Volunteers and oversee the rota to ensure adequate staffing is in place
  • To manage stock and merchandise levels
  • To receive feedback from customers, Farm Shop Volunteers, suppliers and other stakeholders
  • To ensure that the Farm Shop is kept secure, clean and tidy
  • To ensure compliance with the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 on Trust premises
  • To undertake any other such tasks as may be required

Download the Farm Shop Manager Volunteer Profile

Group Volunteering.

We can offer a wide range of activities suited to the abilities and interests of your colleagues. You can get your hands dirty with some woodland conservation, helping to maintain our pathways and trails, or help us with painting and a DIY project in the workshops, do some gardening and grass cutting or meet some of our animals and help us clean out some of our their housing and feed them, to name but a few.

Typically our days take place from 9.30 am – 3:30 pm, but we can be flexible according to your team’s needs.

After morning refreshments we usually kick off the day with a introduction to the work we do as a charity supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged young people and a brief tour of the Farm. We then take a look at the job/s in hand for the day ahead and gather the appropriate tools. Then it’s a quick toolbox talk to highlight health and safety practices when tackling the job/s in hand and then it is full steam ahead. We can provide all necessary tools and materials for the day, however, we welcome any support from the groups in terms of tool replenishment or materials provision.  Many of our past groups have engaged in fundraising activities prior to spending the day volunteering at the Farm which we are always very grateful for! Let us know if this is something your group could support us with.

Your day can be adapted to include any training/meetings you want to include with the exclusive use of a room all day. Corporate Away Day packages are available, visit this page for more information. We encourage your group to take regular breaks throughout the day and to take some time out to explore the Farm and some of the woodland trails. As part of your package we can provide refreshments for morning and afternoon breaks and a buffet lunch to suit all diets. You will have a designated member of the Farm team to act as your point of contact on the day and ensure you are well looked after.

To complete our short Corporate Volunteering application form, click here. If you would like more information information, please email general@ameliatrust.org.uk 

Sponsor an animal.

A perfect gift for Mothering Sunday, Christmas, birthdays or just to show someone you care. Many of the animals at Amelia Trust Farm have been rescued and we are devoted to caring for them.

Every effort goes into ensuring the highest standard of welfare and care is given.
Our animals play an important role in the work we do with vulnerable people as we offer animal assisted therapy to our service users. By sponsoring one of our animals, you will help us continue this work.

It costs us £154 per day to feed and care for the animals at our Farm. If you sponsor an animal, your money will be used to pay for:

  • Veterinary care to keep our animals healthy
  • Food, bedding and enrichment
  • Maintenance of our animal housing

How much should I donate?

Donkeys, Ponies & Alpacas please donate £50

Pigs, Goats, Sheep & Rheas please donate £30

Wee Furry Beasties and Pet Birds please donate £20

Boost your donation by 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 you donate. Please tell us if you are a UK taxpayer and we can claim 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 you donate to help our charitable work.

What is included?

You will receive:

  • Your Sponsorship Certificate
  • A Fact Sheet about your chosen animal
  • A free online newsletter

Membership

Friends of the Farm.

As an independent charity, we rely on the generosity of companies and individuals making donations to us so that we can continue our work helping to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people and providing a countryside sanctuary for all to enjoy.

  • £50 could pay for bedding to keep our animals nice and warm
  • £100 could pay for new tools to help disadvantaged young people develop work related skills
  • £250 could pay for new gardening equipment to help maintain our countryside sanctuary
  • £500 could pay for new fencing to improve our animal paddocks
  • £1,000 could pay to help young people excluded from school to achieve a qualification
  • £2,500 could pay for new outdoor play equipment 

Help us to continue our life-changing work by making a regular donation and becoming a Friend of the Farm.

ACORN MEMBERSHIP

Donate £10 a month and know you are helping us to feed our animals and keep them safe and well.

SAPLING MEMBERSHIP

Donate £20 a month to help pay for equipment to teach our young people vital skills to help them at a critical time in their lives.

OAK MEMBERSHIP

Donate £30 a month and help us ensure our Farm can remain open, as a safe sanctuary for our young people, and a home for our animals.

As a thank you for supporting our Farm all Friends of the Farm members will receive a free newsletter to keep you up to date with everything that’s going on at the Farm, and a special invitation to our VIP event held every July to celebrate the achievements of disadvantaged young people at the Farm.

Boost your donation by 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 you donate
Please tell us if you are a UK taxpayer and then we can claim 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 you donate to help our charitable work.

Fundraising for us!

We rely on donations and fundraising for the work we do to support disadvantaged and vulnerable young people, so we are always keen to hear from people who would like to do some fundraising for us.

Fundraising ideas.

  • Challenge yourself by doing a sponsored bike ride
  • Sky dive
  • Hold a cake sale in your place of work
  • Organise a coffee morning
  • Non-uniform days or dress down days
  • Keep in shape with a sponsored walk or dog walk
  • Organise a car washing day
  • Pack bags for us at a local supermarket
  • Paintball event
  • Have a sweepstake for the Six Nations or other sporting event
  • Organise a skittles evening
  • Hold a car boot sale or have a boot at a sale and donate the proceeds

Corporate Projects.

Companies can choose to undertake a specific project to help us develop our infrastructure.  Undertaking a project normally involves the company donating everything needed to complete the project including materials and people power.  A recent example of this was the support we received from local construction company Carillion. Carillion donated all the materials and people power to build our new donkey sanctuary.  The new sanctuary has given much needed new accommodation to our two donkeys, Merlin and Arthur and has enabled us to give homes to two additional donkeys, Madoc and Cocoa.  Donkeys are highly intelligent animals and they help us to deliver our therapeutic learning programme to our young people.

Equipment & materials.

We have a Wish List that contains tools and equipment that will be used around the Farm. For more information about supporting us with our Wish List, please get in touch!

Sporting events.

Why not chose us as a charity if you are taking part in a sporting event. Raise money and get fit at the same time! We will supply you with a free branded t shirt and moral support.

If you want to arrange you own fundraising activity on our behalf then we would love to hear from you!

Corporate giving.

There are many ways in companies and organisations can support the work we do with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.

Specialist support.

Often companies are able to help us with specialist support.  Examples of specialist support we have benefited from includes veterinary care, pest control and carpet cleaning.

Adopt us as your charity of the year.

Many companies are bombarded with requests for support from a range of charities and it is often difficult to know which one to choose. That is why some companies decide to adopt one local charity for a year and focus their efforts on supporting that charity. How about adopting the Amelia Trust Farm as your local charity for a year?

Thank you!

Carillion 

Vets for Pets, Barry

Lloyds Bank Cardiff

Marks and Spencer

The Screwfix Foundation

Bags of Help, Tesco

Children In Need

Garfield Weston Foundation

Admiral Loans
Hanson Heidelberg Cement Group
Barry Round Table
GVS
Barry Town Council
Vale of Glamorgan Council
Fairwood Trust
ASDA
AXMinster Tools and Machinery
Samaritans
ValeWays
CDK Global
Bridgend College
Cardiff and The Vale College
Lignia
Walters

Legacies.

We understand that family and loved ones are likely to come first when you prepare your will. However by leaving a gift to Amelia Trust Farm in your will, you can help us to continue our work with vulnerable and disadvantaged people now and into the future.

If you choose to leave a gift to us you will need to tell the professional advisor preparing your will the following information:

  • Our name: Amelia Trust Farm
  • Our address: Five Mile Lane, Barry, CF62 3AS
  • Our registered charity number: 1053468

We are grateful for every gift we receive and every penny will make a big difference to our work.

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