Vauxhall City Farm Volunteering

“It's not just about the physical work; it's also about the positive spirit and energy they bring to the farm.”

Monica Tyler, Chief Executive Officer at Vauxhall City Farm, describes how volunteering helps the Farm to deliver their services to the local community. 

“Corporate social responsibility is more than just a buzzword for Berkeley Group. Their commitment to giving back to the community has been exemplified through the dedicated efforts of their volunteers at Vauxhall City Farm. The impact of their selfless contributions has not only brightened the lives of the farm's inhabitants but also provided much-needed support during these challenging times, when the cost of living crisis has taken its toll on the farm's operations and income.

The Berkeley volunteers have rolled up their sleeves and delved into a wide range of tasks, leaving a positive imprint on Vauxhall City Farm. From mucking out stables to feeding the animals, operating the "cuddle corner" for visitors to get up close and personal with the farm's small animals, to helping with the harvest and garden planting, their efforts have proven invaluable to the farm.

One of the most impactful contributions from the Berkeley volunteers has been their hard work in mucking out the stables and general cleaning. Their efforts have significantly enhanced the overall cleanliness of the farm. This may seem like a simple task, but it is essential for the well-being of the animals, as it helps maintain a healthy living environment and ensures their comfort. The commitment shown by the volunteers in this area has lightened the workload for the farmyard team, allowing them to focus on other essential farm activities.

In addition to their contributions to the daily operations of the farm, the Berkeley volunteers have also become a welcoming presence at the front desk. Their friendly and informative interactions with visitors have enhanced the overall experience for visitors, contributing to a positive and inviting atmosphere at the farm. It's not just about the physical work; it's also about the positive spirit and energy they bring to the farm.

The farm, like many organisations, has faced challenges in recent times due to the cost of living crisis. A recent Berkeley grant has contributed to ensuring that the farm can continue to operate smoothly and provide its vital services to the community. Their commitment to making a difference has helped bridge the gap in resources and has made a meaningful impact on the lives of animals, visitors, and young people who attend the farm's educational programmes.

Vauxhall City Farm is incredibly grateful for the dedication of the Berkeley volunteers and the positive change they have brought to the farm. Their support has not only improved the daily operations but has also shown the power of community engagement. We look forward to their continued involvement in our mission, and we hope that their inspiring example will encourage others to step up and make a difference in their communities. Berkeley Group and its volunteers serve as a shining example of how corporate social responsibility can have a lasting and profound impact on the well-being of individuals and the communities they serve.”