Supported volunteering

During this period of lockdown, we are closed to new applications for our Supported Volunteering programme. We are supporting our current volunteers to continue accessing therapeutic volunteering sessions. We will update our website and post on social media when we are able to accept new referrals and applications..

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

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


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 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
12.30pm to 3.30pm

To find out more about supported volunteering, please contact Sam Lloyd-Smith on 0117 947 1194 or email