Work placements

For more information about our placements, please call Lizzie Spencer on 0117 947 1194 or email lizzie.spencer@windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk

How to apply

Fill in the application form below and return it to lizzie.spencer@windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk.
You will be contacted within two weeks and may be invited for an informal interview at the farm.

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Cafe counter with cakes and a barista servingCafé work placement

This placement is for individuals who have experienced a mental health challenge and want to get back into a work routine and develop a career hospitality and catering. The placement is in The City Farm Café, 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. The wholesome and tasty food is freshly prepared using our own farm produce wherever possible and is served by our friendly and welcoming staff.

You will work with the café manager and team to learn best practice in café and hospitality. Through your placement you will gain work experience whilst working with the café team to ensure that the café functions efficiently and effectively.

We will offer you:

  • initial induction
  • regular supervision, support and training where appropriate to develop your own skills base in the areas you would like to focus on
  • employment support drop-ins with the opportunity to discuss next steps to employment

This is an ideal role for someone who would like to develop catering skills and experience of working in a busy café. You will have the opportunity to meet new people and work as part of a friendly team whilst increasing your employability skills.

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Apply now for the café work placement! Placements are on a rolling basis so contact Lizzie (lizzie.spencer@windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk) to find the dates of future placements. 

See how to apply at the top of this page.

well maintained vegetable plotsGardening work placement

  • at Windmill Hill City Farm
  • partnered with Bristol Mental Health Employment Services
  • every Tuesday for 8 weeks from 9.30am -3.30pm

This 8 week work placement is for those who have had a mental health challenge and want to get back to work. The placement  will be a chance to gain work related skills and experience of gardening and site maintenance.

Areas of focus will include ground maintenance, propagation, grass cutting, hedge trimming and more.

PlacementPlacement Dates 2018Application Deadline
Gardening - Autumn10th September - 29th October 20192nd September 2019

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Bug hotel made of woodOutdoor Early Years work placement

  • at Windmill Hill City Farm

This placement is for individuals who have experienced a mental health challenge and are looking to build work experience with children. The placement is in an outdoor nursery called Farm Adventurers, a unique, all year-round opportunity for young children to experience farming and nature in the heart of the city and for parents/ carers to access courses and workshops, or to simply have some time. Farm Adventurers activities include animal care, growing vegetables, cooking, mud kitchen, nature play, pond dipping, bug hunting, music, and art.

The role will enable children aged two to five years to engage in Farm Adventurers sessions and help support the Farm Adventurers project. Main activities include working cooperatively alongside staff to deliver Farm Adventurers outdoor learning sessions, supporting the Farm Adventurers session leader to set up the session, organise breaks and pack up the session, and being a positive role model for children.

We will offer you:

  • initial induction
  • regular supervision, support and training to develop your own skills base in the areas you would like to focus on
  • employment support drop ins with the opportunity to discuss next steps to employment

The role will provide you with the opportunity to develop experience working with children and get back into a work routine.

Placements are on a rolling basis, so contact Lizzie (lizzie.spencer@windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk) to find out the start date of the next placement.

See how to apply at the top of this page.


View from the farm yardAdministration work placement

  • at Windmill Hill City Farm
  • partnered with Bristol Mental Health Employment Services
  • every Thursday for 8 weeks from 10am – 3.30pm

This is an 8-week work placement for those who have experienced mental health challenges and want to get back into a work routine and develop a career in an administration or customer service role.

We will offer you:

  • initial induction
  • regular supervision, support and training including Microsoft Office training, to develop your own skills base in the areas you would like to focus on
  • employment support drop ins with the opportunity to discuss next steps to employment

This is an ideal role for someone who would like to develop experience in customer service, administration and information support. You will have the opportunity to meet new people and get to know how the Farm works, whilst increasing your employability.

Placements are on a rolling basis, so contact Lizzie (lizzie.spencer@windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk) to find out the start date of the next placement.