Join us and make a difference.

**Our Volunteer Program for 2022/23 is currently full**

If you have enthusiasm, energy, an interest in people, openness to working with children or young adults with learning disabilities, understand and speak good English and feel like a real challenge then this might be the right opportunity for you.

The school welcomes volunteer and gap year workers who are seeking an experience of supporting children and young people with special educational needs.
Each year we recruit a small number of live-in volunteers. Being a volunteer can be demanding, but highly rewarding for those willing to engage with the work here and to build strong relationships with our pupils and with each other.

We usually like people to commit to staying for a minimum of 10 months to 1 year. However we can sometimes be flexible. There are also options to stay longer to undertake training and to take on more responsibility.

In their work with the pupils, volunteers are able to actively participate in care, education, arts and crafts.

Some volunteer workers go on to make a profession in special needs education or care, for which experience and the training at our school are an excellent foundation.

All volunteer workers complete an induction training which includes all mandatory courses as well as de-escalation and physical intervention training.

Some of our pupils may display challenging behaviours and are supported by a team of experienced carers following the Positive Behaviour Support approach. You will be expected to take an active part in supporting all pupils.

Contact us if you have any questions about the application process and the types of checks we need to carry out on applicants, training opportunities, immigration rules (for non-EU citizens), etc.

We will be able to answer your questions and can be contacted by e-mail: office@sheilingschool.org.uk or telephone: 0044 1454 412 194.

More information about volunteering is also available from the Camphill England and Wales website.

Please note that good everyday English is required.

Photo fo lunch in Tyndale house

The full Job Description for a Volunteer Support Worker can be read here

Safer Recruitment


Please download the application form if you would like to apply to become a volunteer. In order to comply with Safer Recruitment Procedures, applications must be made via a fully completed application form. Therefore, please complete all sections (either electronically or by hand) and attach any additional information sheets to your form.

Incomplete application forms will not be processed. Completed forms should be returned to the address shown on this page or emailed to office@sheilingschool.org.uk.

Application forms which refer to information provided on CVs will not be processed.

Any offer will be subject to receipt of satisfactory references and DBS.

We regret that, due to the large volumes of applications we receive, if you have not a response within 3 weeks regrettably this means your application has not been successful.


The Sheiling School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All applicants must be willing to undergo safeguarding screening appropriate to the post, including thorough checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Please read the Child and Adult Protection policies prior to interview.


Application Form

HR Department
Thornbury Park
Park Road
Bristol BS35 1HP

0044 1454 412 194
0044 1454 411 860

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