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Each year we provide a number of volunteer placements. These placements commence at the end of August and typically last for 12 months. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to live on our beautiful and expansive site and work alongside and learn from our highly experienced staff team. You will assist in the development of the educational, social and personal skills of our students.

This is an opportunity for you to develop your skills and experience before making further career decisions, taking on further study or using this experience to make a difference in working with children or adults who have learning disabilities, when you return to your home community.

You will work alongside colleagues in our care and education teams by providing support to our students as they develop their educational, personal and social skills and assist with special projects. We provide a 'waking day' curriculum where all members of staff contribute 24/7 to helping our students develop their social, educational and emotional maturity. Often working with a specific student, you will support them in achieving individual targets and to pursue leisure interests. You'll join one of 6 small teams of care workers and work within a weekly shift system. Comprehensive training will be provided throughout your placement.

Bringing a diverse range of cultural interests, perspectives and experiences, our volunteers provide a contribution which enriches and builds upon the work of our permanent staff. In return, you will have a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference and experience a great sense of achievement. While this position is unpaid, you will be provided with food, accommodation and payment of agreed expenses.

We particularly welcome overseas applicants who are eligible to work with us due to EU/EEA nationality or under the UK Tier 5 (Charity Worker) Visa permissions.


Vocational Worker Opportunities - Covid-19 Update

Due to the pandemic and resultant social distancing, our organisation feels that we cannot give the community support and social fulfilment with which we would normally surround our vocational workers under normal circumstances.

We are optimistic that the roll out of vaccines may allow us to resume our volunteer programme in 2022.  Therefore, we encourage you to keep an eye on our website and look to submit your application in November 2021 if you are interested in applying for the 2022 academic year. 


The Sheiling RIngwood is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young adults and expects all staff to share this committment. A UK enhanced DBS and Barred List check will be required for all applicants and an Overseas Criminal Record Check will be required for non-uk residents.