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.

Sam Lloyd-Smith
Health & Social Care Manager
Lizzie Spencer
Health & Social Care Manager
Clare Tait
Farm & Gardens Support Worker

Sam Lloyd-Smith and Lizzie Spencer manage the delivery of Health and Social Care projects including volunteering sessions on the farm and gardens, funded farm placements, and short courses for adults with support needs. Sam and Lizzie are there to support individuals from the initial induction and onwards through their volunteer placements. They also run a drop-in session and work placements in different areas of the farm for people who have experienced a mental health challenge to get back to work. Sam and Lizzie work here Monday to Friday.

Clare Tait is our Farm and Gardens Support Worker. Clare runs farm and garden sessions for adults with support needs. She works here on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Clare Tait with volunteers and baskets of vegetables

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 local film-maker Billy Garratt-John) shows a course titled “Grow, Eat and Learn” in action. This was an 8 week course designed for people with support needs.


Mental wellbeing

Our work to improve people’s mental wellbeing revolves around supporting recovery in a community environment.

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Mental wellbeing

Learning difficulties

The City Farm provides a great environment for people with learning difficulties with a variety of services that are tailored to meet the individual’s needs.

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Learning difficulties

Recovering from addictions

Windmill Hill City Farm has programmes of activity aimed specifically at those recovering from addictions.

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Recovering from addictions