Ellie has been volunteering with us for 3 years. She started as a weekend volunteer while she was still at school. Now she attends SGS in Filton and comes to the Farm once a week for her work experience. She doing Animal Care Level 2 Diploma.
She says that the experiences she gained whilst volunteering at the Farm have definitely helped her deal with the transition from school to college and helped her get on her course. Skills such as being able to work as part of a team, time management, the ability to use her initiative and to work on her own have been vital.
Ellie has also just started a job with British Home Stores at The Mall. She says that volunteering at the Farm helped her get this job because they were impressed with her volunteering commitment and that she seemed very mature for her age. The Farm also provided Ellie with a reference, which can be hard to come by when you’re young.
Ellie still loves coming to the Farm and has always valued being treated as an adult and being given responsiblity.
Back to Work with the Farm
Liz is a volunteer at the farm and she recently got a cleaning job.
Liz said ‘Coming to the farm has kept me busy and made me more employable.
I still want to get a job in animal care but this job will keep me going and I’ll still pop in from time to time to volunteer. I told my new employer about my volunteering work that I am sure helped me get my job.’
April has volunteered at the farm for over 4 years whilst still at school. She has just got a Saturday job working in a bakery. However, she will also carry on doing her work experience on a Tuesday at the farm while she continues with her college course.
April said ‘Working on the farm has helped improve my working experience, dealing with members of the public and communication skills working with a variety of different people. I feel confident in myself thanks in part to the farm and the opportunities and skills that I have learnt. I will continue to use the farm as a reference when applying for work in the future.’
Quote from the Farm Hands themselves today ‘Wonderful day working with our new Farm Hand’. Over the past couple of weeks the 2 groups of Farm Hands have taken part in everything from goat walking to garlic planting. Lots of hard work and muddy boots all round.
Back to Work with the Farm
It was June and I had just moved from London to Bristol to get away from the non-stop city life. I soon started looking for work but didn’t seem to have to much luck, the Job Centre had 1000s of jobs online but no one wanted to talk to me or even reply to my applications. As time went on, I walked my dog Lola each day passing Lawrence Weston Community Farm.
Volunteer would ring in my mind each time I passed, so after a few weeks I did just that. They made me feel welcome and put some hope and meaning back in to my life.
I found It wasn’t just a farm it was a place to meet others from all walks of life doing great work. I would feed the animals, striming grass, help others with tasks – it gave you a real sense of purpose.
After a fairly short space of time my mood and optimism started to grow even though nothing really came of my efforts on the work front I felt OK
A few months passed and I was having a cup of tea with others in the rest area for the volunteers at the farm, when for some reason, I still do not know why to this day, I asked Ann who was a care worker for some one I often paired up with to collect chicken and ducks eggs amongst other things, if she knew of anything going doing the sort of work she was doing?
She told me “I am leaving this job in two weeks would you like me to recommend you?” “yes” I said and within a short space of time I had started a new and rewarding job.
Thanks to my time and the wonderful people at the farm this all became possible.
Today our 2 new Farm Hands learnt how to hold chickens, did some mucking out, fed the goats some tasty leaves and harvested some amazing marrows. All in a morning’s work!
We had lots of fun feeding the chickens and collecting the eggs. Some of us handled chickens for the first time! We said hello to the goats and fed the farm pigs some apples.
We fed windfall apples to the pigs
We fed the chickens. We also made beeswax candles it was fun1
We tacun out the ginne pig 🙂
We collected peas , broad beans and strawberries.I liked it when we cleaned the ducks.