Job Vacancy: FarmAbility is recruiting!

FarmAbility is recruiting!

FarmAbility is an outdoor, farm-based programme of purposeful and varied activities in animal husbandry, horticulture and seasonal tasks for co-farmers (adults with autism and learning disabilities). Supported by enthusiastic, experienced staff and volunteers, co-farmers gain a real sense of purpose and achievement, while building the practical and vocational skills they need to move forward in their lives.

Since welcoming our first co-farmers in 2011, we now support 30 co-farmers each week on FAI Farms in Wytham, guided by a passionate belief that adults with autism and learning disabilities should have access to meaningful activities that improve their well-being and increase their independence, enabling them to participate actively in their communities. We offer ASDAN awards and qualifications to co-farmers alongside their weekly activities, and we running an innovative Supported Internships pilot (EmployAbility), a health & social outcomes research project, and an exciting outreach project taking our programme to new farms across Oxfordshire.

We are currently recruiting for one part-time post:

FarmAbility Garden Programme Leader £18,500-20,900 pro rata, depending on experience

Permanent, part-time (min. 3 days per week)

Role & Purpose:

FarmAbility has two beautiful vegetable gardens, one small established orchard of apple trees, and one new orchard of fruit trees. The FarmAbility Garden Programme Leader cultivates and maintains these productive spaces, primarily to provide healthy food for co-farmer lunches, but also to provide produce for small-scale income generating activities. Facilitating supported sessions for co-farmers, the Garden Programme Leader enables them to gain positive benefit through horticulture.

The post is based on FAI Farms, Wytham, approximately 5 miles from the centre of Oxford. Please note there is no public transport to the farm.

Applications should include CV and a cover letter outlining your motivation and suitability for the post. To receive the full job description, or for queries about the vacancy, please contact Diane Horsman on 01865 245604 or by email: diane@farm-ability.org.uk

Deadline for applications: noon on Friday 15 April 2016

FarmAbility is the main programme of the Farm Inspiration Trust, a UK registered charity no. 1153282 www.farminspirationtrust.org/farmability or tel: 01865 245604