We have a team of dedicated volunteers who support our occupational therapists, mental health practitioners and tutors with: gardening, driving, cooking, green woodworking and willow craft.
Drivers: we have two vehicles to transport our participants to and from our site in Norton Canon. Pick-ups and drop-offs are made in Hereford, Leominster and the surrounding areas and are scheduled to ensure participants arrive by 10am (when our courses start) and leave at 3pm (when they end).
To drive our 9-seater vehicle drivers must be 25 or over, have a full driving licence and a maximum of 3 penalty points.
To drive our 17-seater minibus you must also have category D1 and a current MiDAS certificate (we can arrange and pay for the MiDAS training).
Cooks: producing nutritious meals for volunteers, staff and participants on wood burning stoves whilst managing the kitchen in accordance with food hygiene regulations. Ingredients will include using produce grown at The Cart Shed – you can venture into the polytunnels and pick what you want to cook that day. Cooks require food safety certification – training can be arranged and paid for by The Cart Shed where required.
Green woodworking support tutors: previous experience as a competent coppicer, green woodworker or carpenter is desirable to assist with a range of woodland craft activities.
Willow craft support tutors: cultivating, harvesting and preparing willow, managing the workspace and tools for a range of weaving techniques and supporting participants in learning the art of creating a variety of willow crafts.
Site maintenance: tasks will include chopping and maintaining the supply of firewood, building and maintenance of paths and structures, managing fires and tool care.
Horticulture: maintaining the polytunnels and outdoor raised bed area and growing vegetables for the cooks to use in their meals for participants, volunteers and staff. Tasks will include general garden maintenance, sowing, pricking out, potting on, pruning, composting, watering, weeding and DIY tasks. Experience of gardening is desirable but not essential