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Have you got bookkeeping experience? Would you be interested in volunteering with us?

24th Apr 2018

FarmAbility is looking for a volunteer bookkeeper who is able to support our Treasurer with the bookkeeping we need for our work with adults with learning disabilities and autism, based on our farm in Wytham.

You don’t have to have volunteered before – most important is your willingness to share your bookkeeping experience. The time commitment is flexible and could fit around your existing commitments: in total we think that the role would need a commitment of about 1/2 a day each week, with some small seasonal variations. It could take place on any day, Monday to Friday.

Tasks would include:
– Raising invoices and emailing them out
– Allocating payments
– Preparing supplier invoices and staff expense claims
– Coding transactions then posting to accounting system
– Bank reconciliations
– Coding donations and grants then posting to accounting system

If you’re interested in this opportunity then our Treasurer would be delighted to arrange a chat. Please contact our Programme Manager JP O’Connor on JP@farm-ability.org.uk to do so.

FarmAbility looking for a regular volunteer to lead a group to work with horses

2nd Feb 2018

One of our more popular activities is working with our three resident horses: working with small groups to feed the horses, groom their coats and manes, and pick their hooves clean. We’re looking for someone who can lead a small group safely and enthusiastically for at least one session on a regular day each week. Experience working with autistic people isn’t required: just patience and a willingness to learn!

You would be given as much support as you needed to feel confident working with a group, including support from Programme Leaders at first for as long as was necessary.

Ideally this would be on Monday or Wednesday afternoons (with the main session itself running from 1pm to 2.15pm), but we would be very happy to talk about other availability you might have. Please call us on 01865 245604 or email our Programme Manager JP on JP@farm-ability.org.uk if you’d like to find out more.

Thank you to everyone who voted for us!

28th Nov 2017

Thank you so so much to everyone who voted for us in the Tesco Bags of Help campaign! All of the times you voted for us or told your friends about us added up and we’re delighted to say that we received the most votes of all three options! We’ll now receive £4,000 to help us use woodlands to improve the lives of adults with autism and/or learning disabilities, and we can’t wait to tell you details about how we’re going to do it!

We can’t do everything we do without your support, so we really appreciate this vote of confidence from the people of Oxford in what we do. We think we’re really lucky to work with our co-farmers here on the farm: if you’d like to support us in what we do then please do look at this page and get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!

Volunteering with FarmAbility

24th Nov 2017

FarmAbility is looking for enthusiastic volunteers who can help with our farm-based programme for adults with autism and/or learning disabilities (our “co-farmers”). Co-farmers join us to take part in meaningful activities on a working farm, and our volunteers help enable them to practice and develop skills they can take away with them to their homes and communities.

We’re currently especially looking for people who are available on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, either for half- or full-days. Our hours are 10am-4pm, and we’re keen to hear from anyone who has an interest in what we do. Please contact JP@farm-ability.org.uk to get more information or to ask any questions you might have!

FarmAbility Open Day in December!

8th Nov 2017

We are holding an Open Day on 1st December 2017, so if you’re interested in learning more about what we do this is your chance! This day is primarily focused for LD Professionals, but please do get in touch even if you’re not, and we’ll try and fit you in!

With several time slots to choose from, you can enjoy a mix of presentations, Q&A sessions, practical demonstrations, all of which we hope will inspire you to feel excited about the potential of farm-based programmes!

Visits will last about 2 hours, and will include a tour of the farm as well as a short Q&A. Please ensure that you dress suitably for the weather conditions, and we would advise wearing wellington or walking boots around the farm.

So we can keep track of numbers, booking in advance is necessary. For more information and to book your place onto one of the slots, contact JP at jp@farm-ability.org.uk or ask for him on 01865 245604.