Individual Volunteering

Regardless of age, background or skill set, volunteering at the Hadleigh Farm Estate is an excellent way of taking your valuable life skills and experience and using them to benefit others within your local community. We are confident that you will find this experience both fulfilling and rewarding. On average, our volunteers jointly dedicate over 300 hours per week across the Hadleigh Farm Estate. Whether you can spare twenty hours per week or one hour per month, there are plenty of opportunities for all to contribute in some way. Our volunteers' tireless commitment and dedication to our mission is key to our success and without their selflessness we would not be able to continue the important work we are doing.

The Salvation Army Hadleigh Farm Estate incorporates a Mission team who develop and deliver faith based activities across the site, Hadleigh Training Centre, Rare Breeds Centre, Hadleigh Tea Rooms and the Hub Café and Sensory Rooms. Volunteers integrate in all areas across the Hadleigh Farm Estate to help us bring The Salvation Army Mission to life.

There are many reasons why people choose to volunteer, whether you're a student, retired or seeking new opportunities the benefits are endless.

  • Improved mental and physical health.
  • Reduced feelings of isolation and loneliness.
  • Increased confidence and self-esteem.
  • Sense of routine and achievement.
  • Making a difference within your local community.
  • Making new friendships.
  • Gaining new skills and experience.
  • Creating a legacy and giving something back to your local community.

Yvonne's Story

Volunteering has been proven to improve mental and physical health. Some of our volunteers praise the positive impact the work they help undertake across the Estate has on themselves and others. Yvonne has been volunteering on the Rare Breeds Centre for two years. "Working with the animals and in the wide open spaces on the farm helped with my mindfulness. Being on the farm is very good for mind, body and soul. The staff and volunteers are friendly and are great people to work with... I am very proud to be a volunteer at the Rare Breeds Centre."



Arthur's Story

Volunteering is an extremely common activity amongst over 50's.  Using your skills and expertise to address the needs of your local community can have vast benefits - boosting your confidence, renewing your spiritual purpose and creating a legacy.    Arthur has been volunteering at Hadleigh Training Centre for over 15 years, supporting adults with additional support needs learn horticulture skills.

"Hadleigh Training Centre is an excellent place to volunteer.  Working with adults with additional support needs is very rewarding and being in the fresh air with lovely views of the Thames Estuary is a bonus. I would recommend it to everyone."



Corporate Volunteering

Corporate volunteering is a great way to inspire your employees to make a visible impact within their community. The benefits of corporate volunteering for your employees are vast; research shows employees who regularly dedicate time to charitable causes learn new skills, strengthen team relations and become more proficient in leadership and decision making.

Put the talents of your team to good use; arrange a one off visit or book multiple visits and see a project come to life. The possibilities are endless and we are willing to work with you and the strengths of your team to arrange volunteering opportunities that are mutually beneficial to you and us. Our Corporate volunteering scheme is free, however we do welcome donations.      

Demonstrate your organisations commitment to creating positive change within the charity sector; spend time engaging with your Corporate Social Responsibility by raising your own brand awareness, building social capital and creating trust with your customers and employees.

RBS, UPS, Ford and Natwest are all among our regular corporate volunteers at Hadleigh Farm Estate. Over the past year they have helped us prune hedges, paint fences and litter pick, tasks completed in days that would have taken our team months.


DP World

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In 2018 alone, 24 employees from DP World London Gateway Port and Logistics Park have dedicated 6 days and 144 hours in total volunteering at Hadleigh Training Centre to support trainees in areas such as horticulture, catering and cycle maintenance. One volunteer commented, "I came away from the day feeling very lucky to have spent my day working with such wonderful people and I would love to go back and volunteer. My partner is now even inspired to arrange a volunteer day for his staff at The Salvation Army."



natwestNatWest have been arranging corporate volunteering days at Hadleigh Farm Estate for over 2 years.  They recently spent 2 days painting logs as part of a project to create Sacred Spaces.  Comments from their most recent visit included "Such a good experience, I came back twice in two weeks" and "A chance to team build, get to know your colleagues better and support a great cause."


If you would like to enquire about individual or corporate volunteering, call us on 01702 426260 or email hfeadmin@salvationarmy.org.uk and your query will be forwarded onto our Volunteer Coordinator.  



Which volunteering positions are available at Hadleigh Farm Estate?

Hadleigh Training Centre Learning Support Volunteer

Rare Breeds Centre Farm Hand Volunteer

Job Club Mentor - Canvey Job Club

Micro Volunteering

Micro volunteering describes either an individual or team of volunteers who complete small tasks that contribute to a larger project.

Aimed at those who are more likely to volunteer their time in short, convenient chunks, micro volunteering is a great means of social action if you're strapped for time but would like to make a difference within your local community.

Micro volunteering offers you the opportunity to complete short tasks at anytime, anywhere across Hadleigh Farm Estate. Micro volunteering does not require a long term commitment, with key benefits including flexibility, a sense of achievement and positively impacting the local community.

Although there is no long term obligation as a micro volunteer, many find it an extremely enjoyable and rewarding experience and will return time again to volunteer on small projects with us. This can be done on an as and when basis and at a time that suits you if you decide volunteering with Hadleigh Farm Estate is for you.     


How do I apply to volunteer at Hadleigh Farm Estate?

You can apply directly and request an application pack by emailing hfeadmin@salvationarmy.org.uk or phone 01702 426260.

Alternatively you can apply via The Salvation Army Website and apply online here.


How long does the process take to apply to be a volunteer at Hadleigh Farm Estate?

As we work with Adults with Additional support needs, to ensure they are safeguarded, we have a robust recruitment process in place. We undertake references and DBS checks for all volunteers. 


What is provided for volunteers at Hadleigh Farm Estate?

We have a Volunteer Coordinator who will be your main point of contact and provide induction and ongoing supervision.  All volunteers have a trial period to settle into the role.   We ask that all volunteers provide their own steel toe caped boots if their role requires them, but all other safety equipment/clothing is provided if required.


How much time will I need to dedicate to volunteering at Hadleigh Farm Estate?

Each volunteer role has a role description in place which details the time requirements.  If you cannot commit to regular hours, then our Micro Volunteering role may be suitable for you.


What is the age limit for volunteering at Hadleigh Farm Estate?

Our minimum age requirement is 18.