Volunteers needed for learning disability farm
Training: Staff required to help develop trainees
A farm that supports people with learning disabilities is appealing for more volunteers for its 2017 season.
Easter Anguston Farm in Culter, which is operated by VSA, offers individualised training placements for adults with additional support needs.
Trainees can work towards achieving certificates in areas such as looking after livestock, catering, conservation and gardening.
Now VSA is appealing for volunteers to give up some spare time to help those with learning difficulties to achieve their goals.
Neil Robertson, social enterprise development manager for VSA at Easter Anguston said: “The whole farm is very busy right now. We’re in the process of planting 7,000 strawberry plants and we’re getting some new animals.
“We have 12 trainees with mild to moderate learning difficulties right now.
“Volunteers are important to the farm because the farm is supported by donations.
“We offer free entry to the public, but to run a working farm and look after and develop the trainees who are here requires a fair lot of staff.
“We have 72 acres, so there is plenty of space for volunteers to make a great contribution.”
There is a wide range of opportunities for anyone interested in getting involved – ranging from working with animals, to being based in the garden centre or the cafe.
Mr Robertson added: “I myself started as a volunteer here. I spent so much time volunteering that I fell in love with the place and the VSA actually gave me a job.
“It’s a great opportunity to give something back to the community and get a tremendous personal reward for your time as well.” Anyone wishing to volunteer can visit www.vsa. org.uk
“It’s a great opportunity to give something back”
HELP: From left, Gwen Robertson, Elaine Michael and Neil Robertson at Easter Anguston Farm, Peterculter, are seeking new volunteers