THursday Garden Group volunteers with spades

Volunteering

Our volunteers help us in many ways, primarily to maintain our beautiful site, allowing us to create a space for local people to enjoy a wide range of activities and services.


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What will you gain from volunteering?

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 our organisation thrive.

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
  • get ready to work again

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers do lots across the farm including:

  • garden development and maintenance
  • site maintenance
  • animal care
  • supporting adults
  • supporting children and family sessions
  • corporate volunteering

You can read more about volunteering in different areas below and see where we currently have space through our Volunteeer vacancies page.

Gardening

The green spaces at the Farm are open to the public all year round and a resource for therapeutic and educational work with adults and children.

We welcome people who would like to learn and share gardening skills, maintain, and develop the gardens, and to grow and harvest food for our café and farm shop.

Site maintenance

Our site needs to be maintained so that the public can enjoy it and our services can run.

We welcome people who would like to put their handy work skills to use in a community setting and increase their site development experience.

Volunteers digging with garden forksHealth 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

Volunteers support the delivery of our Health and Social Care Programmes.  Supporting volunteers can choose which service to support; you could be helping individuals with specific needs to garden or look after our animals, assist people to write a CV at Steps2Work, or could be an extra person to listen to those who attend our Tuesday Night Support Group.

Volunteering 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 sarah.mountford@windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk.


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

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.