Volunteering

You don’t just volunteer your time, skills and experiences, you become a Farm Friend when you help The Prospects Trust grow. We have a wide range of volunteering opportunities from regular days on the farm to selling raffle tickets to your friends. We have an opportunity to suit you!

Fundraising & Awareness Building: We are always looking for more FUNdraisers for the Farm, people who love a sponsored run or a funny feat for money are our favourites. Our Development Manager can set you up with a fundraising page online, give you sponsorship forms and lots of promotion.

Perhaps you would like to be our Community Champion in your local area, from hosting a bake stall, running a quiz night or asking for raffle prizes, we would love to hear from you.

Prospects Unwrapped: We are looking to open a new GREENgrocery in the heart of Ely, Cambridgeshire. We would love to welcome a whole team of volunteers in the shaping and delivery of this exciting project.

Regular Farm Volunteers: For those with a lot of free time and some eager green fingers or an interest in social horticulture we offer days on the farm working alongside our team of Co-workers and staff. We offer seasonal sessions, corporate team building days or indeed weekly whole days on the farm.

We asked two of our volunteers their thoughts on volunteering at The Prospects Trust.

“We are Pip and Rita Lane and we have been working at Snakehall Farm (SHF) on Fridays since September 2017. We were looking to do some form of volunteer work for some time and had asked at 2 local hospitals about opportunities on offer. Then by chance we visited Snakehall Farm and met Mark, the Farm Manager, who showed us around and told us all about what happened there and the vision for Snakehall Farm. Mark told us about a particular role which needed filling with one of the Co-workers. We both knew instantly we had found the perfect job for us. The rustic charm of Snakehall Farm also played a significant part in telling us we would enjoy being  volunteers there.

The Co-workers and the members of staff are such a wonderful bunch of people. To work alongside them is nothing more than a real privilege.

People like the Co-workers are sometimes categorized as those with ‘Learning Difficulties’ or ‘Special Educational Needs’. We no longer subscribe to such labels. Yes, they are ‘Special’ – VERY special. What a diversity of talent and skills we have seen.

Although we like being volunteers we know we could join ‘The Bank’ and get paid for our time but volunteering suits us AND we don’t have to pay tax!

A huge tribute to SHF is the fact that many of the projects are backed by big businesses and large organizations such as Astra Zeneca provide support with its community interface. What a recommendation!

As one can imagine the work is seasonal with spring and summer being the busiest planting crops and harvesting them but all year round there is plenty to do especially as SHF adheres strictly to organic growing requirements.

Fridays are now a special days for us and our week is focused on making sure we can go to the see our friends and colleagues. We like donning our SHF shirts and fleeces and it’s even better when the sun is shining and we can shed the fleeces!

Another bonus for us is because we live quite local to SHF we can cycle there so we also get our daily exercise.

One of the highlights of the year is the Christmas Party when Co-workers who attend on different days of the week come together for a ‘knees up’. So much merriment and not a drop of alcohol in sight. The talent on the dance floor is a sight to behold! Strictly Come Dancing is quite pedestrian.

So you may have gathered Snakehall Farm is quite a place. Come and join us – there is never a dull moment”