Volunteers are highly valued at Ruskin Mill Trust, and we are very grateful for the diverse range of skills and their dedication that they bring. Working alongside staff, volunteers contribute to making a difference in the lives of the young people and adults at Ruskin Mill Trust centres. Become a volunteer and learn new skills, meet new people and work in a unique and diverse environment.

Volunteering opportunities are available in our social enterprise cafés and bakeries, on our farms and market gardens and in our galleries and theatres. We welcome volunteers to help the Trust make the most of every opportunity to enrich the lives of the young people and adults with additional needs who attend Ruskin Mill Trust centres.

As a Charitable Trust we are always on the lookout for fantastic people to join our team, so if you have the time, we will find the perfect position for you.

Get in touch with us today to speak about volunteering opportunities



Frequently Asked Questions

Is it a big commitment to volunteer?

No, it doesn’t have to be. We have volunteers who help us every other Tuesday, for a few hours each Saturday, term time only to fit around school, or on set dates for events – so whatever time you can give, we are incredibly grateful.

What is required of me before I can volunteer?

You will be required to fill in a full volunteering application form so we can help find the right exciting volunteering opportunity for you.

The Trust takes the safeguarding of our children, young people and students including our staff and volunteers very seriously, therefore, as you would expect, you will be required to undertake a number of pre-volunteering checks.  These pre-volunteering checks are as follows:

  • Complete a volunteering application form in full, where your full work history is required.
  • Disclosure and Barring Service Check (relevant to the volunteering opportunity) and/or an Overseas Police Check if required.
  • At least two-suitable references (in order for the Trust to comply with Safer Recruitment practices as outlined by the Charity Commission and the Government statutory guidance – Keeping Children Safe In Education)

Is there anything I need to let you know to be able to support me?

It would be helpful if you let us know of any disabilities or health conditions, which may affect your placement with us. This is to ensure that any reasonable adjustments can be made.

What types of volunteer work can I do?

There are a host of varying opportunities across the Trust, from working in our social enterprises and catering to helping with community events, administration, operations, care, support, gardening, land work and so much more besides. Equally, if you have your own special skill that you think would be useful to share, then we would love to hear from you.

Why should I volunteer for Ruskin Mill Trust?

Opportunities to learn new, and further develop existing skill sets.

Experience the rewarding nature of the Trusts unique PSTE method, by positively contributing towards the lives of vulnerable children and young adults with additional needs.

Connect and network with respective individuals from around the Trust.

By investing your valuable spare time with our charitable organisation, you will bring something special to your CV, making you stand out from the crowd.

Be part of a progressive, welcoming team who are on hand to support you throughout the process.

Will I receive training?

Yes, we will support you every step of the way.

To make sure that you get the most out of your time with us, you will receive all relevant training sessions. We will ensure that you are given access and support to read and understand the Trust’s key policies and procedures, such as Safeguarding (children and adults), Prevent, Child Protection, Equality & Diversity, and Health and Safety where appropriate.

During your time with us, you will also have the opportunity to engage with our unique Practical Skills Therapeutic Education (PSTE) programmes alongside other volunteers and staff on set days.

Student working at the Fusion café in Sheffield
Fusion café in Sheffield
The Ruskin Mill Farm Shop on Gables Farm, Gloucestershire
The Ruskin Mill Farm Shop on Gables Farm, Gloucestershire
The Hive Café and Heritage Centre at the New Standard Works in Birmingham
The Hive Café and Heritage Centre at the New Standard Works in Birmingham