Sports Direct continue their relationship with Shirebrook’s Willow Tree Family Farm, by donating new work wear for volunteers. The donation allows the charity led farm to take on new volunteers and help them develop essential work skills.
Willow Tree Family Farm work closely with Shirebrook Job Centre to assist people who are struggling to find work. The Job Centre gives people the opportunity to complete a six-month voluntary work placement that results in a reference that can be used towards future job applications. On the placement, volunteers can develop skills in animal care, horticulture, catering, leisure and tourism, and customer care. The skills and reference acquired on these placements can be added to a C.V providing the volunteer maintains a 30 hours a week working schedule. Willow Tree Family Farm has been successful in helping many of its volunteers go on to find paid work.
Sports Direct has always seen value in the project and last year the company donated entertainment goods to be used in the farms Day Room. The Day Room is an area were volunteers can interact and relax, the room also provides a calm learning environment for young people with learning disabilities.
Sports Direct aren't the only ones who see value in the project, as Willow Tree Family Farm have just received a £9,000 grant from the National Lottery Fund to help with renovations.
Willow Tree Family Farm also provides the local community with an affordable day out. They open their doors 7 days a week only closing for Christmas and Easter. They frequently work with Wowcher to provide discounts for families and hold regular events for children in the summer. The farm has food on site and a great range of animals from Meerkats to Wallabies and everything in-between.