THursday Garden Group volunteers with spades


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 City Farm was started by local volunteer residents, and today volunteers continue to make a valuable contribution to all areas of the farm. To show how much we value our volunteers, our volunteering programme provides an initial induction, regular supervision and support, and training where appropriate to develop each volunteer’s skills base in their chosen areas. We also have regular volunteer meetings with the opportunity to socialise with fellow volunteers and discuss the City Farm’s development.

Volunteer drilling woodWhy volunteer

People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Volunteering can be both challenging and rewarding and by sharing their time and experience, volunteers develop personally and build skills, making volunteering a win-win situation.

What do volunteers do?

We have volunteers on the City Farm everyday, as well as those working behind the scenes. Volunteers do lots in different areas of the City Farm including garden development and maintenance, harvesting, site maintenance and handy work, animal care, supporting adults with health and social care needs to volunteer, children and family sessions, café, fundraising, events, 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 volunteering programme for adults with specific health and social care needs. The programme offers purpose, structure and meaningful work to people and help to develop life and work skills that aid recovery or personal development. Groups are organised on a rota throughout the week and vary from two-hour sessions in the farm or gardens through to full days of work on maintenance or site development. See our Health and social care page for more information.

As part of the health and social care volunteering programme, we also need volunteers to support individuals with specific needs to be on the farm. You can read more about these supporting roles on the Volunteer vacancies page.

Friendly people serving in cafeCafé

Our café is a popular Bristol eating place where customers experience a warm and cosy atmosphere in the winter, or can sit outside in the summer and enjoy our countryside surroundings in the city centre. Volunteers support the café to run smoothly by preparing food, maintaining the kitchens, and serving our customers. Volunteering in the café is a valuable opportunity for people looking to develop their skills in a hospitality and customer service environment.

Volunteering with animals

Animals need mucking out, feeding and keeping comfortable all year round. As well as our supported volunteer groups doing animal care, we have a limited number of weekend volunteers. Vacancies occasionally become available but we have a very high interest in volunteering with animals and advertise for specific volunteer roles when they arise.

Volunteers with apple stallEvents

Windmill Hill City Farm organises a range of events for the local community. Events volunteers help to promote events and help out on the day. Roles include stewarding, running children’s activities, serving food, and selling produce on stalls. Volunteers are important to helping events be an enjoyable experience for visitors, as well as being good fun!

Community action call outs

Community action call outs are at various dates throughout the year and are for people to get involved in the City Farm’s volunteer community projects and events. These days are ideal for people looking for flexible volunteer opportunities or wanting to try out volunteering before committing longer term. Community action call outs are advertised through our website, social media and on the farm, so watch this space for information about the next one!

Volunteers laying pavingCorporate volunteer projects

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

Activities might include gardening and site preparation and provide much-needed support in the development and maintenance of the City Farm for the benefit of our local community.

For more information, please go to our Corporate volunteering page.

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.

More info
Corporate volunteering

Volunteer newsletters

Volunteer stories

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

Volunteer stories