Health and social care

The Health and Social Care Team works with the local community to offer services and activities across a number of areas including volunteer placements, courses, a mental health drop-in and work placements. In the heart of Bedminster, the Farm and its natural surroundings have long acted as a rich resource for therapeutic activity, growth and improved wellbeing for a variety of client groups who access our services.

Our aims

  • to improve mental wellbeing
  • to increase resilience
  • to reduce social isolation
  • to aid recovery
  • to provide opportunities and skills for personal development and employability

Our model is a mixture of funding from Bristol City Council, charitable funding, direct payments, self funding or funding from other organisations.

The video below, made by CrissCrossFilms, is about volunteering here at the City Farm.

Our work to improve people’s mental wellbeing revolves around supporting recovery in a community environment. We have a dedicated on-site health and social care team with the skills to offer appropriate levels of support for everyone; and all are treated with respect and valued for their contribution. Please see our programme of services below, as well as those provided by external partners.


Supported volunteering

Supported volunteering opportunities offer purpose, structure and meaningful work to people to aid recovery and personal development. Sessions run throughout the week.

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Supported volunteering

Tuesday Night Support Group

This group provides a weekly meeting place for people coping with mental health challenges. We offer a safe, welcoming space to share in activities and conversations with other members, staff and volunteers.

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Tuesday Night Support Group

Work placements

We offer work placements for people who have experienced mental health challenges and want to get back into a work routine.

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Work placements

Steps2Work

Steps2Work is a fortnightly job club for individuals who have experienced a mental health difficulty and are ready to get back into work.

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Steps2Work

The Woodshed

We are running 6 week woodwork courses for people in middle life who identify as having mental health challenges. Ideal for anyone wanting to learn basic woodwork skills in a supportive and nurturing environment.

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The Woodshed

Talking Tables

Aged 50+ and want to feel more confident about cooking? Want to meet and eat with people in a fun and friendly environment?

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Talking Tables

18-30 Inclusive Multi-Sport Club

A collaborative project between Windmill Hill City Farm and Access Sport that allows people, including those with learning difficulties, to try something new, be active and have fun.

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18-30 Inclusive Multi-Sport Club

Bristol Mind drop-in

Bristol Mind’s volunteer advocates provide advocacy to people living in the Bristol community.

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Bristol Mind drop-in

Alcoholics Anonymous drop-in

Weekly AA drop-in sessions for alcoholics and for those with an alcohol problem who have a desire to stop drinking.

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Alcoholics Anonymous drop-in

Narcotics Anonymous drop-in

Weekly NA drop-in sessions are held at the City Farm.

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Narcotics Anonymous drop-in