Volunteers need to be a minimum age of 16 or 18 to work with the dogs. For the sake of your own safety and well being you need to have good communication skills and the ability to work independently.
Before volunteering you will need to complete an application form and will need to read our health and safety guidelines.
If you would like to discuss volunteering opportunities please email Lucy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are 14 or over and interested in our work experience opportunities please email Cathy on email@example.com
For roles that we are currently seeking help please see Current Volunteer Vacancies below:
General Cleaning and Mucking Out
Every day the animals at Foal Farm need to be cleaned out, fed, watered and checked. This is done in the morning before the visiting public arrive at 1.30pm. Most volunteers arrive between 8.30am and 9am so they can be included on one of four animal ’rounds’. In the afternoon there is general tidying up and a list of odd jobs to do. If you want to stay all day, you will need to bring a packed lunch, though we do provide squash, tea and coffee. You will need to wear sensible clothing that you do not mind getting muddied.
Being a homevetter helps us to place cats, dogs and small animals into the right homes. It is a valuable service to Foal Farm. You need to be 18 or over to be a homevetter.
Help in the Shops or Tea Room at Foal Farm
Foal Farm has four on-site shops – a Pet Shop, Second Hand Book and Rummage Shop, The Foal Farm Emporium (selling antiques, bric a brac collectables and curios), and a tea room (selling cakes, sandwiches to order,teas and coffees). All shops are staffed entirely by volunteers and we aim to open the shops every day (except Tuesdays when we are not open to the public). If you enjoy selling and/or catering we would love to hear from you.
Fundraising event helpers
We have a number of internal and external fundraising events that we hold each year and always need volunteers to man stalls or help with fundraising activities.
There are always repairs needing to be done. If you are an electrician, plumber, gardener, carpenter or decorator with some spare time we would love to hear from you.
Current Volunteer Vacancies
Rummage Sale Day Helper
On the last Sunday of the month we hold a rummage sale day. Helpers are needed to set up, run stalls and clear up, and also to help with traffic control (using walkie talkies) on the driveway. If you are interested in helping on these busy but fun days or require any further information please contact Lucy our Volunteer Co-ordinator on 01959572386 ext 207 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Last Sunday of each month
Shop Helper – Biggin Hill Valley Shop
Our shop at Roundways is run entirley by volunteers and we are looking for people to help this wonderful team. Hours: Mornings – 10am – 1.30pm Afternoons – 1pm – 4pm Full Day – 10am – 4pm Sessions can be arranged Monday to Saturday to suit. Main duties and responsibilities Assisting and serving customers Sorting and pricing donations Keeping the shop clean and tidy at all times Till work. If you have a few hours to spare either on a weekly or occasional basis and would like to help us in this way we would love to hear from you. Please contact Lucy, our volunteer co-ordinator on 01959 572386 ext. 207 or email@example.com or by downloading an application form
Age 18 +
Hours: To suit
Voluntary Tea Room helpers
We are seeking enthusiastic and motivated people to assist with a range of duties associated with the day to day running of our tea room. Hours of work are 4 hours per day to be worked between 1pm and 5pm on a regular basis or occasional days as arranged. Main duties and responsibilities: 1. Undertake a range of duties associated with the day to day running of the tea room – Assisting / Serving customers Preparing for service Keeping the tea room/kitchen clean and tidy at all times Till work General housekeeping eg. taking orders to customers, clearing tables etc.. 2. To ensure that food hygiene regulations are adhered to 3. To maintain cleanliness of the facility ensuring it’s highest standard at all times 4.Ensure the Foal Farm Health and Safety policies and regulations are adhered to 5. Enthusiastic interest and experience in a range of catering and customer service activities 7. Team player with a flexible approach and ability to work on own initiative 8. Good organisational and customer service skills If you are interested in helping in this way, please contact Lucy, our volunteer co-ordinator on 01959 572386 ext 207 or firstname.lastname@example.org or by downloading and completing an application form.
Hours: 1pm – 5pm (pref 2 sessions per month minimum, any day except Tuesday)