Volunteering

We offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities across the farm to meet the needs of our diverse community. People choose to volunteer with Windmill Hill City Farm for many reasons, some of these are to:

  • improve mental health and wellbeing
  • connect to the environment and nature
  • contribute to local community and make new friends
  • learn new skills
  • support other people
  • get ready to work again

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers can get involved in different areas of farm life that include:

  • gardening and maintenance
  • animal care
  • supporting adults
  • supporting children and family sessions
  • corporate volunteering

Gardening for Wellbeing

Volunteering that is suitable for anyone with mild mental health issues or concerns wanting to learn and share gardening skills and improve their wellbeing through time spent in green space. Sessions take place mornings and afternoons during the week and are facilitated by a member of staff from the Gardening team.

For more information or to apply, please go to the Gardening for Wellbeing page which is in the Health and Social Care section.


Volunteers digging with garden forksSupported volunteering

Volunteering that is suitable for anyone with mild to moderate mental ill health or mild learning difficulties wanting to improve their mental health through farm activities and connecting with others. Sessions take place mornings and afternoons during the week and are facilitated by a member of staff from the Health and Social Care team.

For more information or to apply, please go to the Supported volunteering page which is in the Health and Social Care section.


Supported farm placements

Suitable for adults with learning difficulties, our Supported Farm Placements are available in either horticulture or animal care. Placements can be arranged through individual personal payments, referrals through Bristol City Council’s Support Planning team or through South Gloucestershire Council.

For more information or to apply, please go to the Supported farm placements page which is in the Health and Social Care section.


Practical Gardening volunteering

Suitable for anyone able to work independently on a variety of gardening tasks. Sessions take place on Tuesday afternoons 1.30pm – 4.00pm and are supervised by Jodie, our Gardens Manager.

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Practical Gardening volunteering

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

Other volunteering opportunities

People also volunteer to support and gain experience in outdoor learning and family work, supporting adults in farm sessions, and supporting our employment support service drop-in. This page shows our current vacancies.

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Other volunteering opportunities

Volunteer stories

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

Volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic

For more information, please go to the Give page in the Staying Well section of our website.