Supported volunteering

Latest update: 14th July 2020

Currently, the Health & Social Care and Gardening Teams are busy helping our existing volunteers safely return to the farm. Therefore, we are not accepting any new volunteer applications or referrals until 1st September 2020. By then, we hope to be operating as normal.

We will continue to review the ever-evolving situation, so please keep an eye on the website as this date may change.

Interested in animal care, gardening, site maintenance or helping out in the café? Volunteering at the City Farm offers a chance to put some order back into disrupted lives, to build life and work skills, to build a network of other people who have experienced similar challenges and to contribute to a facility that is loved and used by its local community.

Volunteering sessions run throughout the week with up to 6 participants in each group depending on their support needs. Sessions last for 2-3 hours and are supervised by professional staff, sometimes using longer-standing, more experienced volunteers for peer-support.

Current timetable of the Farm’s weekly supported volunteer sessions

 MorningAfternoon
MondayI.A.P.T group
TuesdayGardening session²Animal Care session²
WednesdayAnimal Care session¹
ThursdayAnimal Care session¹Gardening session²
Gardening session¹I.A.P.T group
FridayAnimal Care session¹Gardening session¹

Key

1 – These sessions, funded by Bristol Impact Fund, are suitable for adults who have experienced a mental health challenge.

2 – These sessions are suitable for people with moderate to high support needs and are accessed via individual ‘personal payments’ or referrals through Bristol City Council’s day care services. In some cases people may be eligible for a ‘personal budget’ from the local authority. To find out if you are eligible for funding, contact Care Direct on 0117 922 2700 or email adult.care@bristol.gov.uk to ask for an assessment. Costings for self-funded sessions are outlined below.

Session typeTimeSelf-Funded Cost
Full day9.30 am to 3.30pm£60
Half day9.30am to 12.30pm
or
12.30pm to 3.30pm
£30

To find out more about supported volunteering opportunities, please contact Sam Lloyd-Smith on 0117 9471194 or email sam.lloydsmith@windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk