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:

Outdoor Wellbeing + Practical Skills Course

Part of the 18 - 25 Social Action Project: 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.                                                                 

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 Placements

Part of the 18 - 25 Social Action Project: 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, 9.30 - 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

 

Woodland Wellness

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.

When: Tuesdays, 12pm-4pm                                                                                       Where: Boiling Wells
Who: Adults 18+
Group size: Maximum group size 8
Will I need anything: Warm clothes, a coat, a drink, practical footwear

Land Management Placements

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

Conservation and Horticulture 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

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!

When: 10-3pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from March 2020
Where: The polytunnel on Ashley Vale allotments, at the back of St Werburghs City Farm main site,
Who: Anyone aged 18+
Maximum group size:  8 per day
Will I need anything: Suitable clothes for the weather, practical footwear

Availability:  Currently receiving interest forms in the office

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.

Dates will be advertised once available.