Volunteer Work Day at FRIEND Farmed Animal Sanctuary

Dear Animal Friends, another work day at F.R.I.E.N.D. is up on coming Saturday!!

To those who haven't been at F.R.I.E.N.D. before, this is a vegan run Animal Rescue Sanctuary which provides a permanent home to around 150 abused, unwanted and orphaned farmed animals, so they can live peacefully for the rest of their lives. As well as farmed animals, this place is also providing shelter to many other animals including cats and dogs and other "pet" animals.

F.R.I.E.N.D. Animal Rescue Sanctuary is run by Marion and Marc who solely rely on the support of donations and volunteers and do not receive any public funding. However, they work very hard to make sure that the animals are well looked after and cared for.

Despite the work surely being a proper work out as there is always lots to do, these visits are a chance to actually interact with many animals that have been rescued from the farmed animal industry and meet like-minded people who want to help them too.

The work we are usually doing at F.R.I.E.N.D. includes feeding, mucking out and/or doing sanctuary maintenance work. So you will need wellies, a change of trousers/top and GLOVES (!).

We are also usually having a break around lunchtime and as you might get hungry please bring vegan (this is a vegan place therefore vegan food only) snack or something for everyone to share. Please let everyone know in the comments below if you prefer to share or bring your own so those who want to share know how much food to bring. There is also a microwave if you want to heat up your food. Coffee and tea is usually already there.

Last but not least when at FRIEND please keep in mind a few things in regards to the animals:

Please ask Marion or Mark first if you want give treats to the animals – not all animals can eat everything and some foods could affect their health and wellbeing – even if it's vegan.

Don't tease the animals – they are rescued animals and they may have had bad experiences in the past. So there is the danger that someone could get bitten or hurt.


Unless you're driving down with your own car we meet at Charing Cross station at 9.15 - by the ticket office. Please bring a £5 note and some pound coins for the fare. The fare is approximately £8.30 each if 4 go group save or if there is an 'odd one over' then they pay the full fare and we share the difference - usually this is around an extra £1-2.

Please arrive as promptly as you can as we have to work out how many for the fare before getting the tickets and on the train!

We will be picked up and brought back to the station as a group therefore it is important to arrive at Paddock Wood Station together / at the same time – unless you don't need a lift / have your own car / bike / moped.

We will leave around 5.30 pm in the summer months – probably earlier in this time...

Map for anyone making their own way there: http://goo.gl/maps/PtIWR

Thank you in the name of the F.R.I.E.N.D. animals!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The best meetup I've ever had!

    3 · December 14, 2013

    • Kiki

      aww, amazing!!

      December 15, 2013

  • Dana

    Great fun

    1 · December 15, 2013

  • Eunice

    Thanks to everyone who helped out today at the farm. Sorry we didn't get around to proper goodbyes at the end. I hope you all had a safe trip back to London. Hopefully we will see you back at F.R.I.E.N.D again, sometime soon. x.

    2 · December 14, 2013

  • Peter L.


    December 14, 2013

  • Peter L.

    I should have the car tomorrow and can give a lift from tonbridge station. I can meet the train.

    1 · December 13, 2013

    • Eunice

      Fantastic! I will message later to confirm how many people will meet you at Tonbridge. We are planning on getting the usual 9.40 train.

      1 · December 13, 2013

    • Kiki


      December 13, 2013

  • Eunice

    Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow. Don't forget to bring some vegan lunch (for yourself or to share) and a change of clothes.
    If you have any questions or any problems, please message here. x

    1 · December 13, 2013

  • Dana

    See U tomorrow

    2 · December 13, 2013

  • Eunice

    Hi everyone!

    Peter, I presume you will be driving there as usual. If anyone else is planning to drive to the farm, could you let me know please?

    Otherwise, I look forward to seeing all of you at Charing Cross at 9.15 am. We meet by the ticket office.

    December 13, 2013

  • Kiki

    Hi guys - as I am also organising another volunteer work day on Sunday the 15th now I am going to attend that day and Eunice is going to take care of this group to meet everyone and get to F.R.I.E.N.D. :D Have fun!!

    December 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anybody know a good place to buy wellies?

    December 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I tried adding a person, but I don't think it's counting it as another person. I'm bringing my son with me.

    2 · December 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      He's 15 and needs to get away from the XBOX!!!

      3 · December 10, 2013

    • Kiki

      Hey Jerry, sorry for the late reply!!! I checked with Mark & Marion from F.R.I.E.N.D. and he said that its fine to bring your son :) - it is only a bit of a problem if people want to bring small children or babys since the animals run free and they are BIG (going to add some photos here actually ;) so it would be a health and safety problem too - there is the idea to also organise events in the future for people to just visit the place with small children and just enjoy themselves apart from these volunteer work days I am organising here :)

      December 11, 2013

  • Cinzia D.

    I will be there 22nd x

    1 · December 10, 2013

    • Kiki

      That's wonderful! x :)

      1 · December 10, 2013

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