|Cirencester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
How to Apply
Do you want to be involved in an educational initiative enabling children to explore the countryside?
The Kingfisher Project links schools directly with local farmers to offer a hands-on learning experience where children can touch, feel and see the relationship between food, farming and wildlife.
This is done through a field trip for each school, which takes place on the host farm, followed by a celebration picnic six weeks later where each school presents a project that they developed in the classroom, based on something they learned on the field day. Each participating school will have half a day on the farm and the chance to take part in three different activities exploring where their food comes from and the interplay between the farmed and natural environment.
The project is supported entirely through grants, sponsorship, and volunteers, allowing it to be offered at no cost to participating schools. As a volunteer, you will be integral to helping the day run smoothly, either by shepherding groups around the farm or helping out on one of the activity stations. There will be one activity in the market garden, one looking at the cows, worms and dung beetles, and one exploring life in and around the hedgerows and wild corners of the farm.
No prior experience necessary; the main requirement from our volunteers is enthusiasm and a friendly face, but if there is a particular activity or area of interest that you have, do let us know.
The field days will be held on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th of June at a farm near Cirencester. The day starts at 8.45 am and finish at about 2.45 pm and involve interaction with children in groups of 15 or less (there are 3 workstations in all). There are two volunteers plus the activity leader per station and the schools come with plenty of helpers. Volunteers are not responsible for managing children’s behaviour. Lunch, tea, and coffee will be provided. All you need to bring is appropriate clothing and a good attitude!
The celebration picnic will be held on Thursday 11th July from 3-5pm. The main role for volunteers at the picnic will be to help facilitate fun activities to entertain the children whilst judging is taking place.
If you would like to be involved email Imogen: firstname.lastname@example.org with a little bit about yourself. If you have any questions, you can call on 07483051794.