Health and social care

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. We have a dedicated Health and Social Care team whose work aims to improve the lives of people in a community environment through a variety of services.

Our aims are to:

  • improve mental wellbeing
  • increase resilience in people
  • reduce social isolation
  • aid recovery from addiction or ill health
  • provide opportunities and skills for personal development and employability

The farm also seeks to actively engage with people who experience racism and/or are from diverse ethnic heritage and underrepresented in mainstream culture, as well as individuals from deprived areas of the city.

Please see our programme of services below, as well as those provided by external partners.


Supported 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.

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Supported 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.

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Gardening for Wellbeing

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.

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Supported farm 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

Bristol Wellbeing College

Bristol Wellbeing College offers a range of wellbeing sessions free of charge to people receiving support from any of the organisations involved in the delivery of Bristol Mental Health services, along with carers of people receiving support from these services.

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Bristol Wellbeing College

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