Drama Placement Support Volunteer

Our team provides holistic experience, creative development and friendship for adults with learning disabilities/difficulties and ASD (Autistic Spectrum disorder).

Our adult placements are at the centre of the work we do and the services we provide.

All activities are inspired by and, indeed, take place in and around our working farmyard, gardens, cafe and popular visitor centre.

As a Placement Support Volunteer, you will provide individual assistance to people with learning difficulties/disabilities who attend the farm, by supporting them to accomplish their routine tasks.

Our trainees work in various areas of the farm, including livestock, horticulture, catering and cooking, arts and crafts, photography and creative arts.

Volunteers are required to work directly with trainees to assist in promoting skills development, lift their spirits and encourage independence by ensuring the process is enriching.

Specific tasks will depend on the needs of the work area and abilities of the person with disability.

As a drama volunteer, you will draw on your individual skill/talent to assist or deliver a workshop for up to 6 adults with learning difficulties/disabilities on Thursday mornings.

The workshop is called “Heads a Shed” and consists of acting, directing, creative play writing and performance in and out of the farm.

Role responsibilities

  • Motivate and provide general support to our existing adult placements with disabilities/learning difficulties in taking part in their workshop
  • Helping with the general welfare, health and safety of our placements 
  • Encouraging a proactive approach to learning and development
  • Finding creative ways for placements to develop their skills and independence
  • Feedback to staff team on the individual progress of trainees
  • Become familiar with Ouseburn Farm’s ethos and history
  • keep up to date with current activities and services on offer


  • Composed personality with strong interpersonal and social skills
  • Caring and positive nature
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Reliability and flexibility to work on a range of tasks
  • Willing to commit to this role for at least 6 months for a minimum of one session per week
  • Experience of working or studying in a relevant subject (desirable but not essential)
  • Experience working within the disability sector (desirable but not essential)
  • Experience in working in a community setting (desirable but not essential)


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
    over 19
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 08/08/2023

End Date: 25/12/2024

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Afternoon No No No No No No No
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Ouseburn Farm,
Ouseburn Road (off Lime Street),
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear

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