- Local Volunteering
Camphill Blair Drummond is part of the local landscape. Even if you haven’t heard of us before or know what we do, if you’ve ever visited Blair Drummond Safari Park you’ll have seen the big house, which is the hub of our community.
The contribution, commitment and generosity of all of our volunteers, both local and international, is very important to the success of our community. If you live locally and you have some time to spare, we’d love to hear from you.
If you’re considering volunteering at Camphill Blair Drummond, we’ve put together some frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) which should help you decide whether or not this is the right thing for you.
Why volunteer with Camphill Blair Drummond?
People volunteer at Camphill Blair Drummond for lots of different reasons. For example, you might want to gain practical or life skills, experience community life for yourself, share your interests with others, give something back to your local community, or simply learn more about yourself by trying something different.
If you’re considering volunteering with us, you’ll find many different opportunities to get involved. You might want to work directly with people with learning disabilities but if you prefer to help out in the background, you could volunteer in the office or on the estate itself.
How much time do I need to give?
Any time you can give us is valuable. If you can spare an hour or a whole day, weekly or monthly, you’ll make a difference to someone here at Camphill.
What age range are your volunteers?
To volunteer with us, ideally you will be over 18, especially if you want to work directly with people with learning disabilities. But we assess every application on its own merit, and sometimes people of 16 and 17 are accepted as volunteers. And there’s no upper age limit – if you’re fit for the job in hand, you’re welcome to join us.
Do I get paid for volunteering?
As a volunteer, you give your time freely. However, Camphill Blair Drummond’s Volunteer Expenses Policy may mean that ‘out of pocket’ expenses’ incurred by volunteering can be reimbursed. Please ask about this when you apply.
Will I receive training or an induction?
As a new volunteer, you’ll need to complete an induction programme. You’ll receive training related to the specific tasks you’re going to take on in your role at Camphill Blair Drummond.
What will my role involve?
A volunteer’s most valuable contribution is enthusiasm and commitment. Some of the things you might end up doing include: befriending residents and students in a group or individually, supporting our fundraising and our appeals, sharing an interest or skill with others in our community. Previous volunteers have helped out with IT, gardening, cooking, walking, sports, reading, driving, DIY and maintenance.
It all depends on your time, commitment and availability. No previous experience or qualifications needed!
Will I be working alone?
As a volunteer you won’t work alone and you won’t be involved in personal care, or be a substitute member of staff – unless otherwise agreed.
how do I apply?
If you’ve read through the FAQs and you meet the basic criteria and still want to apply, in the first instance please contact Sue Bowen by email at [email protected]
Alternatively you can call Sue on 01786 843049 to have a chat, arrange a visit and request an application pack.
The application process can take up to two months. This gives us time to match your skills and interests with the right group, individual or setting, so that you and everyone involved gets the best opportunity for creating new experiences and friendships.
Any volunteer role offered is subject to satisfactory references (two) and PVG Scotland (Police) Check.
Volunteering at Camphill Blair Drummond is the start of an exciting new adventure. We look forward to hearing from you.