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Please help replace our animal shelters

Please help us to replace the seven large animal shelters in our back field's. The shelters are currently old, with holes in the roofs and no sides. New weather proof shelters will provide much needed protection from the Great British weather.

Our animals are the main focus of all our activities, and we would like to give them the best possible accommodation, making sure they are comfortable and protected.

We have a selection of larger animals including our miniature donkeys, Mackenzie and McCoy, our flock of Zwartbles sheep and our selection of goats including, Jet the Anglo-Nubian. At night they all have warm and cosy shelters in our yard, during the day they graze out in the paddocks.

A covered shelter is important both on hot days for shade and during cold/winter days to protect them from the wind and rain.

At the moment, the shelters in the back fields desperately need to be replaced: they are old, they do not have sides and the roofs leak. To make matters worse two of the shelters lost part of their roofs due to Storm Eunice.

The fields are very exposed and replacing the shelters with ones that have three sides will provide a dry space in rain, shade in the sun and warmth in the cold to make their enclosures more welcoming and fit for purpose.

Our fundraising target of £5800 will buy the raw materials for our onsite team to craft the new structures. The seven shelters will be built with a strong timber framework and clad in shatterproof recycled plastic eco sheets.

Please donate today to help us continue to provide the best possible environment for our beautiful animals.

Trustee Vacancy – Treasurer

The Trustees wish to appoint as a volunteer trustee a Treasurer to be responsible for the financial well-being, strategy, and financial administration of the charity and specifically to lead in the Trustees’ duty to ensure that proper accounting records are kept, financial resources are properly controlled and disbursed in line with good governance, legal and regulatory requirements. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities 

We are looking for a Treasurer who can maintain an overview of the financial affairs of the organisation and ensure that they are legal, constitutional and in accordance with accepted accounting practice. The Treasurer supports internal staff who complete the accounting work, and who are in turn supported by a local firm of external accountants. Reviews of the accounting records are undertaken quarterly. We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates who have a knowledge of VAT and charity finance.

In addition the Treasurer has the following duties and responsibilities: 

  • Make fellow Board members aware of their financial obligations and take a lead in interpreting and presenting financial data to them.
  • Ensure proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures and controls are in place, including:  
    • Cheque signatories
    • Purchasing limits and systems
    • Payroll actions, including salary payments, PAYE and NI payments
    • Pensions
    • Any other records required, as appropriate 
  • Appraising the financial viability of plans, proposals and feasibility studies

PERSONAL SPECIFICATION

  • Knowledge of and interest in animals and community farms is desirable.
  • An accountancy qualification.
  • Candidates who are local are desirable, but it is essential that you are able to travel to the farm for meetings, events and the odd day of volunteering.

COMMITMENT

The Board meets every other month, and the Treasurer would additionally be expected to spend a few hours a month engaging with Board business, attending events and supporting fundraising activities. 

HOW TO APPLY

For more information on being a trustee or to apply please contact Henry Nelless, Chair of Trustees, on chair@deencityfarm.co.uk 

For a tour of the farm or information on the our work please contact Emma King, General Manager, on manager@deencityfarm.co.uk

 

ABOUT DEEN CITY FARM

Deen City Farm and Riding School is an urban farm with an educational focus in the heart of the London Borough of Merton. With over 60,000 visitors a year, our five-acre site includes a farmyard, gardens, riding school, shop, café and small playground. As well as welcoming visitors who want to meet the animals and enjoy the setting, we also work with local schools and community groups to fulfil our charitable aim of improving the lives of everyone in the community. Volunteering is at the heart of the project and we also provide a work experience programme. 

Deen City Farm is a limited company as well as a registered charity. 

The Board of Trustees provides strategic direction and leadership to the organisation. It acts as the guardian of the charity’s vision and supports the staff team. 

Vacancy: Trustee Treasurer

We are recruiting for a new trustee treasurer to join our Board of Trustees! As a charity we are governed by a Board of Trustees, who are ultimately responsible for the running of the farm and play an active role in any big decisions made at Deen City Farm. They bring a wide variety of skills and knowledge to the farm, and act somewhat similar to Company Directors! 

You can read more about our current trustees on our website here.

You can view more information about the role, details on how to apply and a downloadable job description on our vacancies page. 

Toilet Refurbishment / Better Bogs Appeal!

Please Note: the Farm’s toilets will be out of use between July 5th and 22nd. temporary toilets are located on the drive by the chicken area, with a disabled access toilet in the staff parking bays.

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Thanks to the support from Asda Foundation and eBay, we’ve managed to raise around £32k towards a refurbishment of the Farm’s public toilets.

We’re now appealing to our visitors and supporters to help us raise the final £3k so that the work can be carried out before the summer holidays. Click the link to learn more and donate today!

Better Bogs Appeal

We are open from 10am-4pm please book your visit to guarantee entry.