Volunteering

Whether you're looking to spend time in a green space, meet new people, learn new skills or get work experience, we have a great range of volunteer opportunities to choose from. Take a look at the options available then get in touch at - getinvolved@swcityfarm.co.uk - to find out more and apply:

Woodland Wellness Open day

We are running 12 weekly wellbeing sessions for adults starting in September. Please come along to the open day to find out more. Enjoy a cuppa, a wander amongst the trees, make tasty cob oven pizza and enjoy a little seasonal craft activity. Everyone 18+ welcome. Free.

Tuesday 20th August between 12-3pm at Boiling Wells
All enquiries email getinvolved@swcityfarm.co.uk

No cars on Boiling wells Lane
No dogs except Guide dogs

Addtional info:
Following our open day we will be running 12 weekly woodland wellness sessions filled with therapeutic activities exploring nature and creativity.
Grow, forage, cook and eat nourishing food
Develop practical and personal skills
Seasonal activities
Explore different crafts and handwork skills
Connect with other people
Contribute to the land/farm in a positive way

Facilitated by experienced staff in a supportive space. There’ll be time to be still; sitting by the fire or amongst the trees and a time to wander and enjoy our tranquil space in the city.

Starting Tuesdays 3rd September for 12 weeks, 12-4pm
Spaces limited so let us know asap if you are keen.

18 - 25 Social Action Project

Outdoor Wellbeing + Practical Skills Course

A chance to develop a practice for maintaining personal wellbeing using nature connection, mindfullness and yoga. Alongside this learning practical skills in fire making, food growing, herbal medicine, natural craft, conservation, woodwork, and outdoor cooking.                                                                 

Sign up next course 1st July – 5th August                                                               When: Mondays,1pm-5pm                                                                                      Where: Boiling Wells
Who: Anyone aged 18-25
Group size: Maximum group size 12
Will I need anything: Warm clothes, a coat, a drink, practical footwear

 

Animal Care Pilots

Meet Jen who will lead you through opening up the farm, feeding the animals and carrying out the daily jobs on the Farm with a tea and biscuit break in between tasks.

When: Tuesday, 9-12.30pm
Where: St Werburghs City Farm main site
Who: Anyone aged 18-25
Group size: Maximum group size 6
Will I need anything: Suitable clothes for the weather, practical footwear

 

Loneliness Workshops

Over 4 weeks we will meet in the evenings around a fire, wit in our cosy barn with pizza and tea and consider what causes loneliness, how social action in all its forms can help our feelings of loneliness and what the Farm can do to make what we do more appealing.

When: Monday evenings, 4-7pm
Where: Boiling Wells
Who: Anyone aged 18-25
Group size: Maximum group size 6. You will have to have signed up before the 11th March and attend the first session
Will I need anything: Warm clothes, a coat, a drink

 

18+ Volunteering

Weekly Drop-in Sessions

These sessions are based at our beautiful nature reserve – Boiling Wells. Tasks are varied and include creating wildlife habitats for insects, mammals, birds, plant identification and wildlife surveys, growing and harvesting vegetables, bee keeping, managing a herb garden, and preparing the site for events, amongst other activities. These sessions are designed to engage people struggling with life at the moment, so if you suffering from ill physical and mental health, such as depression or anxiety, recovering from alcohol and drug misuse, are socially isolated, or are facing any other problems that prevent you from securing employment then please contact us.

When: Friday, 11-4pm
Where: Boiling Wells
Who: Anyone aged 18+
Group size: Maximum group size 12-15
Will I need anything: Suitable clothes for the weather, practical footwear

 

Land Management Sessions

3-month programme that will equip you with land management skills, whilst looking after our beautiful nature reserve – Boiling Wells. Tasks may include fencing, path and step repair, managing grassland, woodland and scrubland, hedge laying, learning about plants and wildlife. It’s one of our more physical days, so expect to get a bit muddy! These sessions are specifically for people looking to find work or suffering from ill physical or mental health that prevents you securing long term meaningful employment.

When: Tuesday, 12-4pm
Where: Boiling Wells
Who: Anyone aged 18+
Group size: Maximum group size 6
Will I need anything: Suitable clothes for the weather, practical footwear

 

Nature and Craft Sessions

3-month programme focused on managing our Farm Shop. It’s a very creative day so expect to make lots of different products for the shop, including chutneys and jam; candles, and a variety of wildlife-friendly products such as bird feeders and bat boxes. You will also develop many transferable skills, including stock taking and customer service skills. These sessions are specifically for people looking to find work or suffering from ill physical or mental health that prevents you securing long term meaningful employment.

When: Thursday, 12-4pm
Where: St Werburghs City Farm main site
Who: Anyone aged 18+
Group size: Maximum group size 6
Will I need anything: Suitable clothes for the weather, practical footwear

 

Woodland Wellness

A relaxing weekly volunteering session where we prepare lunch together from fresh ingredients then do a seasonal activity in a beautiful outdoor setting. Activities include gardening, foraging, crafts and woodwork. Sessions run throughout the year with a cosy woodburner to keep you warm in colder months. These sessions are specially for people experiencing mental ill health or distress.

Availability: A new 12-week structured progeramme will launch in June. Please contact us to find out more.

 

Propagation Place

Propagation Place is the Farm's vegetable seedling business where you can learn about gardening practice and how to grow veg, spend time outdoors, enjoy the company of other enthusiastic volunteers and get some work experience. It is a productive, purposeful and completely inclusive project and every day there are lots of different tasks to choose from. There is no previous experience needed and you'll even get a free lunch!

Availability:  Open to all, from 10-3pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Places are currently full.

To register your interest contact: grow@swcityfarm.co.uk

 

Supported training

Would you like to pursue a career in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture or gain experience working with people with different support needs? You can focus on supporting individuals, carrying out horticultural tasks or both.

As our groups take a while to get to know new volunteers, we ask for a minimum 3 month commitment. We also need references and an enhanced DBS check.

To register your interest contact: garden@swcityfarm.co.uk

 

Seasonal events

Get stuck in at one of our seasonal events and help raise funds for the farm. You might be helping on the BBQ, managing the gate, serving drinks or assisting with setting up and taking down. The events are usually on a weekend, five times a year. Lunches provided for volunteers.

 

Community action days

A day of action for all the family. You might be feeding the animals, mucking out or helping to build something. These fun days are usually on a Saturday up to four times a year. Please note that children and young people must be supervised.