About the Role
The Good Life Farm is seeking volunteers to research and write a series of articles or stories about the benefits of animal therapy. The articles will focus on each type of animal currently living at the farm and will be used in the farm’s print and online channels.
Volunteers will be expected to do one or more of the following tasks, depending on interest and experience:
- review research articles and other online information
- interview workers at the Good Life Farm
- interview previous attendees of the farm
- write formal articles on the benefits of animal therapy
- create stories and social media content for the farm.
The positions are suitable for experienced professionals looking to assist a local not-for-profit organisation or students looking to gain work experience. All work will be attributed.
Desired skills and experience
We are seeking individuals with one or more of the following:
- experience or interest in collaborative desktop research
- interest in developmental psychology, education or animal therapy
- strong oral and written communication skills.
About the Good Life Farm
The Good Life Farm was founded by Lesley Porter in 2005. The farm creates a space for young people to connect with animals, environment, family and community. Animals currently living at the farm include dogs, cows, pigs, horses, ducks, alpacas and sheep.
The Good Life Farm therapeutic model provides a theoretical basis for our work with ‘at risk’ and ‘extreme at risk’ young people who have been referred to us for the past 10 years. The model has been developed by integrating several theories, research and therapeutic approaches.
Two programs are offered:
- Life and Social Skills: A 10-week course is a life and social skills program for young people aged ten to 17. It offers an in-depth learning experience that concentrates on personal development in a supportive and safe environment. It is specifically tailored towards youth at high-risk who need intensive intervention. This program is highly individualized and less structured.
- Student Wellbeing Program: This program allows our young people to get a taste of what it’s like to live and work on the farm. They experience our permaculture philosophy first hand and can get up close and personal with some of our farm animals – often the first time these young people have ever had such an experience. A good opportunity for young people to escape from the pressures of everyday life.
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