Skills Centre

Do you need to learn some new skills, get some work experience or meet some new friends?


What We Are

Woolly Mammals runs alongside a working farm that breeds champion, pedigree alpacas as well as Valais Blacknose Sheep and Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys.

We offer a work-based training, skill building service to adults with individual needs, engaging them in farm activities, tending to the animals and farm related crafts.

On our farm there is always a lot to do! When we are not busy tending to our alpacas, sheep and donkeys, there’s the farm itself with fencing, paddock building, maintenance, gardening as well as many stimulating and enjoyable projects!

Spending the day at Woolly Mammals always proves a rewarding experience and the opportunity to interact with our animals so closely creates a real connection.


European Social Fund Project – Community Grants

We have been very lucky to be selected by Petroc College to take part in a work-based training project supported by the European Social Fund to support 18 participants from four minority groups to learn new skills on our farm, that will act as a platform for paid work or further education.

Project Summary

The planned project is building a sustainable and economic building on our farm, while providing opportunities for participants to contribute to the build process while earning AQA Unit Awards with a strong focus on transferrable skills to help towards filling the current skills gap in the Building and Construction industry.

We are looking for people from the following groups to be considered for one of the limited available placements:

The priority groups for the projects are:

  • Participants over 50 years of age
  • Participants with disabilities
  • Participants from ethnic minorities
  • Participants who are women

We are looking for 3 more to join us on a Friday for 6 weeks to be part of the build project, learning new skills, building a portfolio and CV and being supported to gain paid work or further education. We can even pay some of your expenses such as childcare and transport or your CSCS Card Construction Skills Certification Scheme


Our Ethos

At Woolly Mammals Care Farm we have high expectations of our helpers. Our philosophy is to encourage you to have high expectations of yourselves. We try to create a work-based environment and therefore apply the rules and structure an employer would. We focus on:

  • trying our hardest
  • following instruction
  • working safely
  • working as part of a team work
  • being professional

Our Backgrounds

Urcuchillay Alpacas, Fibre of the Gods and Woolly Mammals Care Farm are owned and run by Carla Cortesi and Andre Shaw.

Carla and Andre became alpaca breeders when living in New Zealand. Fusing their interest in alpaca breeding and their skill sets from previous careers in land management, teaching and special needs, Andre and Carla have created the perfect environment not only for their award-winning animals, but one that also offers a fantastic experiential and learning opportunity for adults with individual needs.

Activities Woolly Mammals Offer

  • Animal Care
  • Farm Maintenance
  • Gardening
  • ICT
  • Craft
  • Woodwork Projects

AQA Awards

We are an AQA Accredited Training Centre and offer the opportunity for unit awards as part of the Unit Award Scheme.

For further information on this scheme please visit

How to Visit

Due to the nature of the work we do, we request no one turns up without an appointment, therefore please email for an appointment or phone 01458 860052 or 07496 479315.

We have plenty of parking available outside the farm, or a bus that passes and drops customers very nearby.

Bus Times

The 668 passes from Glastonbury and Street to Shipham and Cheddar through Meare at:

09.20, 11.55, 15.00 and 17.28

The 668 passes from Shipham and Cheddar to Glastonbury and Street through Meare at:

08.01, 10.36, 13.36 and 16.26