The Befriending Scheme (TBS) is an established charity set up 29 years ago, to provide friendship and learning opportunities for vulnerable adults aged 16+. An exciting recent development is the setting up of a community farm, near Sudbury, that will provide ongoing and one-off placements for vulnerable adults and young people, especially those with learning and/or physical disabilities.
We are looking for an energetic individual with sound organisational skills who has the ability to think creatively and can be flexible and dynamic in their approach. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate how they will contribute to the development and growth of the community farm.
PURPOSE OF POST _______________________________________________
The Coordinator will coordinate and lead engaging and meaningful day placements for vulnerable adults, particularly those with learning disabilities, and run activities for other community groups such as schools. The day placements involve day-to-day tasks on the farm such as growing fruit, vegetables and flowers, and caring for farm animals such as goats and chickens. Those attending (‘Farmers’) can also take part in training courses in life skills, enterprise development and employability skills, possibly moving on to supported volunteering roles, accredited training or supported work.
Friends Community Farm is a welcoming and inclusive place where young people and vulnerable adults can flourish, helped by the Coordinator, staff and volunteers to make friendships and fulfil their personal goals.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES ______________________________________________________________
The Friends Community Farm Coordinator will manage the day to day running of the farm, planning and leading on practical sessions and Life Skills training for small groups of members in a farm setting. The main aim will be to help members to learn basic horticulture, animal care skills and work in a team in a safe and supportive environment. Initially your role would be to work with the Project Manager and other staff in setting up the Friends Community Farm to be ready for our members in Spring 2019.
• Provide engaging and meaningful regular placements for small groups of vulnerable adults, ensuring their safety and engagement with the day-to-day running of the farm. • Engage with the local community and form productive partnerships with local groups and businesses. • Recruit, support and manage part-time staff and volunteers. • Oversee the smooth-running of the site including monitoring the well-being of animals on the farm. • Ensure health & safety, safeguarding and data-protection requirements are fulfilled.