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Volunteering and Recruitment | Volunteers

WOULD YOU CONSIDER spending 11 months or more as a guest volunteer at Gannicox Community? Many young people have joined us in the past. They have enjoyed their stay and have gained practical, social and personal skills while supporting and building close friendships with us.

Core Tasks

You will be involved in some of the outdoor gardening and estate work together with an experienced gardener and some of our residents. You will help to establish and maintain work routines for the residents, take on some cooking, housework, crafts activities and may spend some half days supporting residents in external work opportunities, e.g. in a pottery. An important strand of our life and work in which you will get involved is the support and fostering of life skills, of individual social relationships, and of the cultural-spiritual needs and interests of our residents with support needs.

Training Opportunities

Throughout your stay you will be provided with training to ensure you are able to carry out your role effectively and to assist your own personal development. Much of this training will be in the field of social care work. You will be joining our Induction and Foundtion Programme which we run jointly with a number of neighbouring Camphill communities. This will give you the opportunity to study and meet with an international group of volunteers and co-workers. The course provides a platform for sharing experiences as well as gaining an understanding of Camphill and its underlying philosophy and values. Induction sessions include principles of learning disability support, safeguarding adults, health and safety, professional development, augmented communication methods; more advanced level sessions may include phases of human development, therapeutic approaches, community biography, vision and values, community management structures and accountability.

Accommodation & Internet

You will have your own furnished room with shared bathroom facilities in one of the Community's houses. All of our meals and basic living necessities are provided for by the Community. You will have free access to computer facilities, including email and internet for personal and vocational use

Expenses Travel Visas

Co-workers and volunteers freely give their work in answer to the needs of the Community and hence are not paid any wages or salary. At the discretion of the community you may receive a financial allowance of up to £40 per week to cover your reasonable expenses while you live and work with us. You are responsible for your travel costs to and from the community as well as for any visa applications and associated costs.

Working time

You will generally have about a day and a half off each week, one day during the week, the rest at weekends. You will also have most evenings free. A typical working day will be from about 8 am to 6pm which includes meal times with about an hour off after lunch. On some days there may be short evening commitments.

Holidays

In addition to the occasional long weekend off, you may take holidays at the rate of about a week for every 3 months. At the discretion of the community you may receive a special financial allowance for these periods.

Language Proficiency

It is essential for our work that you have reasonable proficiency in spoken English. If you are uncertain about your level of spoken English, please take lessons before you come, or, you can take an IELTS test (International English Language Testing System: www.ielts.org) and work towards grade 6 or 7.

Police Checks

The nature of our work requires us by law that you provide us with a Criminal Background Check (‘Police Check') from your home country and the names of two referees whom we can contact for a reference. We shall give preference to applicants who have a good knowledge of English. Minimum age for a placement is 18 years. On arrival you will be subject to an UK enhanced disclosure check.

Apply to us

If you are interested please send us the completed Guest Volunteer Enquiry form, preferably by email. Provided we have a vacancy we shall send you an Application Form and further details.

 

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