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Latest update: 14th July 2020

Currently, the Health & Social Care and Gardening Teams are busy helping our existing volunteers safely return to the farm. Therefore, we are not accepting any new volunteer applications or referrals until 1st September 2020. By then, we hope to be operating as normal.

We will continue to review the ever-evolving situation, so please keep an eye on the website as this date may change.

The City Farm seeks to meet the needs of local people through a wide range of social, environmental, educational, recreational and economic activities. We could not continue this work without the dedication and generosity of volunteers, devoting their time and skills to help us thrive.

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The farm is a vibrant community organisation, offering a range of educational, recreational and therapeutic facilities and activities for, and with, local people. Our volunteers develop personally while helping the organisation; a win-win situation.

Volunteer drilling woodWhy volunteer

People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. Some of the main reasons people volunteer at Windmill Hill City Farm are: to connect to their local community, to do something more physical, to increase their time outdoors, to learn new skills and experiences, to build on existing skills, to help others, to meet new people and be part of something bigger than themselves. Regardless of the motivation, we aim to provide a volunteer programme that supports individuals to grow during their time at Windmill Hill.

What do volunteers do?

We have volunteers on Windmill Hill City Farm every day. Volunteers do lots across the farm including: garden development and maintenance, animal care, supporting adults with health and social care needs to volunteer, supporting children and family sessions, and corporate volunteering. You can read more about volunteering in different areas below and through our Volunteeer vacancies page.

Volunteers digging with garden forksGardening

There are wonderful and varied garden spaces here at Windmill Hill City Farm. They are open to the public all year round and a resource for therapeutic work and education with adults and children.

We welcome people who would like to volunteer in our community gardens, to learn and share gardening skills to maintain and develop the gardens for everyone to enjoy, as well as growing and harvesting food for our café and farm shop.

Volunteers turning the muck heapHealth and social care

We run a supported volunteering programme for adults with specific health and social care needs. The programme offers purpose, structure and meaningful activity to people and helps to develop life and work skills that aid recovery or personal development. Groups are organised on a rota throughout the week and offer a variety of two-hour sessions in the farm or gardens. See our Health and social care page for more information.

Supporting roles

To help us deliver our Health and Social Care Programmes we need volunteers to support our work. Volunteers could be helping individuals with specific needs to garden or look after our animals, assisting people write a CV at Steps2Work, an employment drop-in, or could be an extra person to listen to those who attend any of our groups to be on the farm. If you think this is the kind of role you may be interested in, please keep an eye on our Volunteer vacancies page where we advertise for these specific roles as they become available.


Volunteers with apple stallVolunteering with animals

We have a limited number of weekend volunteers who help with animal care. Vacancies occasionally become available and we advertise for specific volunteer roles on our Volunteer Vacancies page when they arise.


Volunteering with children and families

Windmill Hill City Farm runs a series of children’s activities and events, including sessions for children to experience farming and nature. Activities include animal care, growing vegetables, cooking, mud kitchen, nature play, pond dipping, bug hunting, music, and art.

Volunteers assist experienced outdoor education specialists with a range of sessions for different age groups. You would volunteer on an ad-hoc basis to reflect bookings from schools. Keep an eye on our Volunteer vacancies page to see when we are recruiting.


Volunteer vacancies

You can read more about the range of volunteering opportunities available at the Volunteer vacancies page.

If you have any queries about getting involved in our volunteer programme or have ideas about specific skills you would like to contribute to the farm, please email Sarah at

Volunteer vacancies

Details of our current volunteer vacancies are listed on this page

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Volunteer vacancies

Corporate volunteering

We invite local organisations to participate in corporate volunteering sessions at the farm. These usually run on Fridays between March and October for groups of up to 15 volunteers.

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Corporate volunteering

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Volunteer stories

Click this link to read inspiring stories from some of our volunteers

Volunteer stories