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.
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.
We rely on having a strong team of volunteers to help us transport our participants to and from our site in Norton Canon. We have two vehicles. Pick-ups and drop-offs are made in Hereford, Leominster and Kington at approximately 9am and 4pm (Courses run between 10am – 3pm on site).
To drive for us you will need:
• For our 9-seater vehicle – to be aged 25 or over, held a full UK driving licence for a minimum of 2 years, and have no more than 3 penalty points
• For our 17-seater minibus – includes the above requirements, plus a category D1 licence and current MiDAS certificate
• Hold a current enhanced DBS check
• To annually complete a drivers declaration form and provide a DVLA check code (to allow us to check your licence).
• To read and comply with all TCS risk assessments
• To complete a vehicle check prior to driving a Cart Shed vehicle and report any defects immediately.
• To notify us immediately if you have incurred endorsements on your licence, or any new medical condition or disability which could impact your driving ability
• Any driver over 70 years of age will need to pass a medical to retain D1 entitlement and continue to be able to drive the 17 seater.
(The above requirements also apply to any staff members driving The Cart Shed vehicles)
In return we offer our drivers:
• A volunteer manager to support you
• Full induction to the vehicle and an initial trip with an experienced volunteer driver will be arranged.
• An enhanced DBS check will be arranged and paid for by the charity
• Training to a nationally recognised standard when driving the 17 seater will be arranged and paid for by TCS. MiDAS brings a wide range of benefits, including enhanced passenger safety and improved passenger comfort
• Any driver over 70 years of age will need to pass a medical to retain D1 entitlement. The Cart Shed will look to reimburse the cost of the medical (by prior agreement)
• The Cart Shed has comprehensive insurance for all vehicles, volunteers, employees and passengers, as well as public liability insurance and breakdown recovery
• Flexible volunteering opportunities
• Opportunity to learn new skills
• Volunteering in a friendly, supportive environment
• Opportunity to meet a wide range of people
• Something worthwhile to do in your spare time
• A vegetable soup lunch on the days you are volunteering
Click here to download our volunteer application form.