Richmond Fellowship work placements

For more information about either of the placements described below, please call Lizzie Spencer on 0117 947 1188 or email lizzie.spencer@windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk

How to apply

Fill in the application form below and return it to lizzie.spencer@windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk.
You will be contacted within two weeks and may be invited for an informal interview at the farm.

Download Application Form


well maintained vegetable plotsGardening work placement

  • at Windmill Hill City Farm
  • partnered with Bristol Mental Health Employment Services
  • every Tuesday for 8 weeks from 9.30am -4pm

This is a work placement for those who have experienced mental health challenges, are thinking of gardening and grounds maintenance as a career option and want to get back into a work routine.

Areas of focus will include ground maintenance, propagation tasks, grass cutting, hedge trimming, fencing and more.

We are offering three placements for 2017 as follows:

PlacementPlacement Dates 2017Application Deadline
Gardening - spring28th March - 16th MayFriday 10th March
Gardening - summer4th July - 22nd AugustFriday 30th June
Gardening - autumn5th September - 24th OctoberFriday 18th August

Bug hotel made of woodOutdoor Early Years work placement

  • at Windmill Hill City Farm

This placement is for individuals who have experienced a mental health challenge and are looking to build work experience with children. The placement is in an outdoor nursery called Farm Adventurers, a unique, all year-round opportunity for young children to experience farming and nature in the heart of the city and for parents/ carers to access courses and workshops, or to simply have some time. Farm Adventurers activities include animal care, growing vegetables, cooking, mud kitchen, nature play, pond dipping, bug hunting, music, and art.

The role will enable children aged two to five years to engage in Farm Adventurers sessions and help support the Farm Adventurers project. Main activities include working cooperatively alongside staff to deliver Farm Adventurers outdoor learning sessions, supporting the Farm Adventurers session leader to set up the session, organise breaks and pack up the session, and being a positive role model for children.

We will offer you:

  • initial induction
  • regular supervision, support and training to develop your own skills base in the areas you would like to focus on
  • job clubs with the opportunity to socialise with fellow participants and discuss next steps to employment.

The role will provide you with the opportunity to develop experience working with children and get back into a work routine.

Placements are on a rolling basis, so contact Lizzie (lizzie.spencer@windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk) to find out the start date of the next placement.


View from the farm yardAdministration and reception work placement

  • at Windmill Hill City Farm
  • partnered with Bristol Mental Health Employment Services
  • every Wednesday for 8 weeks from 9.30am – 4pm

This is an 8-week work placement for those who have experienced mental health challenges and want to get back into a work routine and develop a career in an administration or customer service role.

Windmill Hill City Farm provides a great array of facilities for the local community. The visitor centre is currently open five days a week from Monday to Friday and provides all the information that visitors need to visit the site. We are looking for an individual to contribute to a number of administration tasks to help us provide our services to the public, and to work on the reception desk. This role will help the smooth running of HR, events and general farm services, and will provide visitors with a positive farm experience.

We will offer you:

  • initial induction
  • regular supervision, support and training including Microsoft Office training, to develop your own skills base in the areas you would like to focus on
  • job clubs with the opportunity to socialise with fellow participants and discuss next steps to employment

This is an ideal role for someone who would like to develop experience in customer service, administration and information support. You will have the opportunity to meet new people and get to know how the Farm works, whilst increasing your employability.