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:

18 - 25 Social Action Project

 

Weekly Steering Group
When: Monday evenings 4-7pm
Where: Boiling Wells Ln, Bristol BS2 9XY
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
What: 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.
Will I need anything: Warm clothes, a coat, a drink

Gardening For Wellbeing - Food Growing
When: Monday 12-3 pm
Where: Boiling Wells Ln, Bristol BS2 9XY
Who: Anyone aged 18-25
Group size: Maximum group size 6
What: Growing edible plants of all different varieties at our conservation site, while looking at soil, preserving. Cooking, foraging
Will I need anything: Warm clothes, a coat, a drink, practical footwear

LGBTQ+ Gardening  - Growing medicinal and culinary herbs
When: Tuesday 12-4 pm
Where: Boiling Wells Ln, Bristol BS2 9XY
Who: LGBTQ+ 18-25
Group size: Maximum group size 6
What: We will be maintaining the herb garden, exploring growing culinary and medicinal plants whilst exploring ways of using them and making things using natural materials
Will I need anything: Warm clothes, a coat, a drink, practical footwear

Green Farm Shop
When: Every Thursday 11-3pm. Starts on Thursday 7th February 2019
Where: St Werburghs City Farm main site and Boiling Wells site
Who: Anyone aged 18-25
What: A six week course building a wooden farm stand that will be used as  pop up shop. The group will be creating the structure, preparing the ground works and making the products to sell in the shop
Group size: The maximum group size will be 6 people and two staff members
How: An opportunity to learn new skills in woodwork, building, fencing, using tools and also planning and making products and crafts such as bird boxes,  candle sticks, key rings, jams and chutneys and much more.
Will I need anything: Warm clothes, a coat, a drink

 

Nature and craft sessions

Get involved in a range of tasks based around maintenance of the site and learning new skills. You could help making benches, mending paths, surveying wildlife or tending to animals. We run traditional crafts and woodwork activities as well as projects growing and harvesting vegetables. These sessions are specially for people looking to find work or suffering from ill physical or mental health that prevents you securing long term meaningful employment.

AVAILABILITY: We currently have a few spaces for people aged 18 - 25 years old through the 18-15 Social Action Project.

Boiling 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 May. 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 10-3 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

Animal care

Start or end your day by helping us to look after our tiny flocks and herds of farm animals. With training, you will independently undertake a regular morning or afternoon routine providing food and water, moving the animals between paddocks and stables or checking all is well. We also have a weekly session getting involved in the more technical animal care tasks and undertaking essential site maintenance.

AVAILABILITY: Open to all, from 9am to 12pm every Tuesday. Spaces are currently full. Please get in contact to register your interest.

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.

 

To register your interest in any of these opportunitties, please contact getinvolved@swcityfarm.co.uk (unless stated otherwise).