We welcome volunteers from all over the world and enjoy the multi-cultural energy that they bring. We prefer a commitment of at least one month but may consider shorter spells. There is no maximum time limit providing both sides are happy with the arrangement. Some volunteers extend their stay to six months or more.
Volunteers are not charged to work here and accommodation is provided but food must be paid for. We ask for a minimum five hours a day with one day off per week. A roster of duties leads the team from hour to hour on the farm and volunteers are welcome to provide input to the roster if they want to care for an animal they resonate with or if they have a particular skill, such as veterinary or medical. Volunteers can also swop days off or save up days for a longer period off the farm – providing the rest of the team agree. We are flexible! Volunteers provide for themselves for breakfast and lunch, then we, residents and volunteers, take it in turns to cook the evening meal. People can pair up to cook a meal if they wish. Meals are taken with the Founder, Nicky, and her resident team.
As well as care of the animals many other skills will come in useful here, such as building, carpentry, IT and social media, photography, film, cooking, veterinary, animal advocacy. Volunteers with little experience may also qualify providing they can prove a passion for and strong commitment to the animals. Tasks include feeding of animals, massage therapy for special care and special needs pigs, administering of medication (under supervision), mucking out, enrichment and play, preparation of food, blanketing animals in cold weather, repairing kennels and shelters, taking photographs for social media.
We do not allow drugs of any kind on the farm other than prescription medication, nor do we allow smoking. Volunteers need to be physically fit, mature whatever their age, self sufficient, well-adjusted, patient and compassionate. We look for good team players who have at heart, the best interests of the animals, their fellow volunteers, the day staff, the Founder and her resident team. It is not necessary to be vegan but volunteers are expected to embrace a vegan lifestyle during their time on the farm – we walk our talk! Volunteers need to have medical insurance and to have received a tetanus vaccination in the last ten years.
Accommodation is provided in a Shepherd’s Hut, a caravan, a twin bedded spare room in one of the houses and dorm style in a converted barn. There are shared hot showers and composting loos.
To apply fill in the form (links below) and we will consider your application. If accepted, volunteers are required to complete an indemnity form.
Volunteers can apply direct to the sanctuary or via Workaway.