ESC volunteer at Lockerbrook

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Lockerbrook are looking to recruit a full-time volunteer as part of the European Solidarity Corps.


For 12 months the volunteer will support the work at the centre; welcoming guests, supporting social media & communications, testing new activities and enjoying the Peak District.


If you are interested please contact


See below for full placement details:


Purpose: To support the running and development of Lockerbrook Farm Outdoor Centre and the offer it makes to visiting educational and youth groups.

Location: Lockerbrook is in a remote upland setting in the Peak District National Park with a stunning view over the Ladybower reservoir about 40 minutes drive from Sheffield.  The area is popular with tourists and walkers. We are off road and can be reached by a rough but accessible farm track. There is some public transport from Sheffield where you will be working with the local groups. We will organise lift shares for you to get to Lockerbrook with our staff/volunteers from Sheffield.

Audience and activities: The outdoor centre offers residential  accommodation for schools, youth and community groups and is open all year.  And we have a beautiful 18th century cottage which can also be used by groups. We also have a small campsite primarily for use by Duke of Edinburgh gold awards (March to October).  

Lockerbrook can accommodate groups as follows:

  • The Bunkbarn. Two buildings providing 38 beds (7 rooms with bunk beds).  Fully equipped kitchen, large activity room with log burner, sheltered courtyard, drying room.

  • Cottage.  Sleeps up to 6.  Sitting room with log burner.  

  • Campsite - basic facilities for up to 25 young people.

We provide a wide range of adventure activities including rock climbing, abseiling, caving, paddlesports and stream scrambling.  We are also keen to improve our offer of environmental activities to groups.  There are also lots of opportunities for groups to develop their own programmes to include hill walking, bike rides,  and Team games.  We are also keen to offer the opportunity to more visiting groups to take part in the John Muir Award which aims to help people connect with wild places and inspire them to take positive action for nature.

Background: Lockerbrook has been owned and run by the Woodcraft Folk since 1964.  Over the last 3 years we have been working hard to make Lockerbrook more environmentally friendly and have started work on a Decarbonisation project to reduce our carbon emissions. This will hopefully feed into our programme offer through developing low carbon alternatives to the more traditional outdoor centre. Volunteers are an essential part of our site team, offering visitors a friendly welcome and support throughout their stay. 

Accountable to: Lockerbrook Centre Manager, who will support and direct volunteers.

Our motivation: We hope that the Volunteer placements will contribute and have a lasting impact on the site, whether that is through developing and facilitating activities for other young people, the creation of art or helping to develop our online presence. The work is varied, enjoyable and people-centred, with lots of opportunities to develop the role in line with the interests and skills of the volunteer. There are some routine warden tasks that the role includes these range from welcoming groups, site maintenance, admin tasks and ensuring the site is kept clean and tidy by our visitors. 

Accommodation: When supporting groups on site we will provide you with accommodation in the Warden Flat at Lockerbrook with kitchenette and shower room.  You will have access to the Lockerbrook Centre office with wifi and phone.  As the role will also involve supporting our local groups in Sheffield (30 mins by car)  you will also be accommodated by one of our members in the city.  

Role Details

  1. Represent Woodcraft Folk in general and Lockerbrook in particular in welcoming, supporting and dealing with site visitors. This entails being professional at all times, respecting the groups privacy during their stay and being courteous and polite.

  2. Supervise the centre appropriately and within the guidelines of Lockerbrook’s Policies and procedures.

  3. Ensure the safety of all at the centre during their stay (where reasonably practicable).

  4. Check that the centre, facilities, buildings and furnishings are treated appropriately by all users, address any issues as they arise where possible and report any issues to the centre staff.

  5. To ensure that our visiting groups comply with our centre rules addressing any issues in a safe and courteous way.

  6. As the placement develops to focus on a project that reflects the skills and interests of the volunteer. This may be developing activities and group facilitation. Research, Renewable energies, Conservation, Arts.

  7. There will be opportunities to visit Woodcraft Folk groups in surrounding cities and to take part in wider youth networks. 

Key tasks

  • Welcome the groups to the centre ensuring groups are aware of the main features of the site, emergency procedures and location of emergency phones. Checking Booking information and to maintain contact with and support groups during their stay.

  • Ensure visiting groups understand their responsibility to keep clean and tidy and to comply with our Codes of Practice. 

  • When on duty, make a daily check of shared facilities. Check toilets and showers after groups have left the site for the day. We have contracted cleaners who clean the toilets and showers twice a week.  

  • Ensure that all recyclable waste is correctly disposed of including composting.

  • Ensure all buildings are left clean and tidy and ready for the next groups.

  • To refer any safeguarding concerns or child protection issues that arise to the Centre Manager or Woodcraft Folk’s Safeguarding lead

  • Maintain a Learning Journal through Youth Pass

Training and support

  • You will have an induction on arrival to the Woodcraft Folk together with other ESC volunteers.  There will also be a mid term and end of placement workshop.

  • There will be an initial orientation and introduction to the local area, transport routes and a structured induction to the centre and our systems, Safeguarding and Health and Safety.

  • Through regular reviews with the Centre Manager using Youth pass we will help to identify further training needs.

  • Further training will be arranged depending on the needs of each volunteer (Outdoor skills, first aid, Forest Schools and bushcraft, website maintenance, use of tools etc.). 

  • There is the option to attend English classes weekly.

  • The Centre Manager will be the main point of contact and supervisor. The site assistant will have a role in supervising practical tasks on site.

  • The volunteer will benefit from a Mentor who will be someone to speak to about social integration rather than role tasks.

  • Whilst you will be the only ESC volunteer on site at Lockerbrook, you will be part of a wider team of ESC volunteers supporting Woodcraft Folk’s work. We will support the team to come together for peer support during your placement. 

Volunteer Profile

  • Ages of 18-30 Available from 1st August 2021 – 31 July  2022

  • Volunteers who are excited about the prospect of working alongside other volunteers and with children and young people in a co-operative rural environment

  • Experience in youth work and outdoor education, as a participant or as a leader

  • Passionate about engaging other children and young people with nature and outdoor education

  • Committed to a collaborative approach to working but also comfortable to working in a very small team and sometimes on your own in a remote setting. 

  • Interested in the environment, sustainable lifestyles, nature and conservation.

  • Positive about the aims of the Woodcraft Folk

  • Eligible for ESC funding

Desirable: Skills in Outdoor Education, Forest Schools, Arts, Media.