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Bill Quay Community Farm Association

Post re-advertised with revised Job specification criteria

Therapeutic Farming Development Officer – Job Description

2 Year Fixed Term Contract

Deadline 31st August

Position in the Organisation

Reports to: Farm Manager
Responsible for: Health and Social care programme participants, volunteers

Main Relationships:

Volunteers, health and social care project participants, café,   Bill Quay Community Farm Team

Salary and hours:

£19,621, 37 hours per week including weekend work on rotation.


Main Purpose of the Job.

·         Provide emotional and practical support to clients recovering from poor mental health, promote independence and recovery of clients

·         Provide emotional and practical support to clients with learning disabilities, promote independence of clients

·         Design and implement person centred farming therapy programmes for individuals, setting tasks according to the physical and mental needs/abilities of individuals

·         Liaise with external statutory and third sector services to develop successful health and social care programme at Bill Quay Farm

  • To deliver an agricultural vocational training programme for volunteers,
  • Attract, recruit and support potential volunteers through working collaboratively with partners to ensure the success of programmes.
  • To develop projects with the local community
  • To contribute to the safety and welfare of all visitors and livestock in the care of the farm

Duties and Key Responsibilities

·         Using assessment methods and outcome measurements in order to record, monitor and evaluate individual achievements, which may include making initial assessments. Planning daily tasks and supporting individuals

·         Carrying out regular one-to-one appraisals, updates and reviews. Interacting with individuals to develop confidence and self-esteem through their work

·         Setting tasks according to the physical and mental needs/abilities of individuals

·         Teaching individuals land-based and animal care tasks including the safe use of tools and equipment

·         Taking part in discussions with other professional bodies such as Northumberland Tyne and Wear Mental Health Trust. Working collaboratively with such partners to ensure the success of programmes.

·         Devising and coordinating activity programmes for project participants

·         Induct, train, supervise and support volunteers (including volunteers with additional support needs) as required. Co-ordinate hours and coverage.

·         Develop and maintain suitable policies and procedures for volunteering programmes

·         Conduct ongoing evaluation of the programmes and services delivered by volunteers and implement improvements as necessary.

·         Maintain relevant records for volunteers and students, and associated administrative tasks

·         Support community projects and activities at the farm, such as public events, activities and classes, visitor attractions, wellbeing activities

·         Ensure that regular risk assessments are carried out and all policies and actions required for health, safety and security are undertaken and recorded

·         Contribute to funding applications as required

·         Report to management, as required, on Livestock and Education issues

  • Any other duties commensurate with the salary and grade of the post, which may be assigned from time to time



This job description is not an exhaustive list. The post-holder may be required to undertake other duties as directed by the Farm Manager to meet the needs of a working farm.

Significant experience of working with volunteers is essential

This role will involve regular weekend working on a rota basis

This role will involve regular weekend and bank holiday working on a rota basis.

​To apply, download the below form and send to, if you cannot download the application please email
​Deadline 31st August


Revised Therapeutic Farming Officer Person Specification.docx