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Bristol Volunteering Opportunities & Projects

Thanks so much for your interest in volunteering. Most of our volunteer placements are currently full and we're working our way through the waiting list of volunteer applicants.
If you're a social worker, a care worker, an education or community organisation, or simply would like to self refer and fill out a Volunteer Interest Form to then be placed on the waiting list, please email getinvolved@swcityfarm.co.uk.

We will have more projects available over the next months but please be aware: spaces are limited and there is a high volume of interest and needs within our communities.

We do our very best to equitably prioritise applicants yet we can't guarantee a place for everyone.

In the meantime, there are many other local community groups and organisations doing great work in Bristol. Please get in touch with them and explore other volunteering projects where you can make the difference and connect to people, nature and food.

Lawrence Weston City Farm

  • Walking Club - Wednesdays 2 - 3.30pm - Improve your health and meet new people by joining our free, friendly, weekly walking group. Call Helen on 0117 9381128 for more details 
  • Woodland and Orchard Club - Thursdays 10.00-11.30am - Come and spend time outdoors, making friends, learning new skills and having fun. Together we will look after the farm’s orchard and woodland. We'll prune, coppice, weed, harvest and nature-watch. No prior knowledge necessary. For more information call Amy on 0117 9381128 
  • Gardening Club - Fridays 11.00 - 12.30pm - Interested in getting involved in gardening on the farm? All abilities welcome. Come along Fridays to help with our gardens. Call Amy 0117 9381128 for more details.

Elm Tree Farm

We are a working farm offering sessions in animal husbandry, market gardening, cut flower growing, grounds maintenance and woodwork. All of our placements are local authority funded. Adults with learning disabilities.
Get in touch for more informationlisa.allen@brandontrust.org.

Changes Bristol

Changes Bristol is a mental health support charity created by people with lived experience. We run peer support groups throughout the week (Physical and online) for people to come and share what they are going through and we are open to anyone suffering from mental distress.
Get in touch for more informationinfo@changesbristol.org.uk.

The Birch Collective

We work alongside 18-25 year olds delivering outdoor wellbeing sessions. We currently have space on these funded activities: 

  • 'Seeding Change' wellbeing sessions at Royate Hill Community Allotment on the first Thursday of every month 1-5pm. Sessions explore a range of practical land-based skills and mindfulness. 
  • 3 day land based residential camps 

Get in touch for more informationteam@thebirchcollective.co.uk.

Golden Hill Community Garden

We are now accepting new volunteers! You are very welcome and we need your help! On your first day you need to come at 12pm or 2:30pm so you can be shown around and do an induction. Once you have had an induction you can come any time between 10am and 4pm, any Wednesday. You don't need to come every week, you don't need to let me know if you're coming and you don't need to stay all day. We always have a range of jobs to suit different folks so you don't need to be physically fit or have any experience.
Get in touch for more informationghcgarden@gmail.com.

Street Goat

An urban goat farming cooperative whose aims to connect communities to sustainable food production and regenerative land management. Join the cooperative as a goat milker or volunteer to be a goat herder or carry out land management tasks.
Get in touch for more information: streetgoats@gmail.com.

Tortworth Forest Centre

The Woodland Management Days provide a safe, supportive and friendly environment for people to take part in arboretum restoration work, spend a day outside, meet others, learn, and develop new skills. We run a free minibus service from Bristol (St. Werburgh's) to our site in South Gloucestershire. We welcome referrals for people who are in recovery or experiencing other mental health struggles. Volunteers should be physically able to spend a day outside doing practical tasks.
Get in touch for more information referrals@tortwortharboretum.org.

Fishponds Community Orchard

The Community Orchard occupies 3 plots on the Thingwall Park Allotment site and was started 16 years ago. There are currently around 100 members who pay a membership of £5 per year. There are events for members e.g. picnic and Wassail and other events which are open to the wider community e.g. Get Growing and Apple Day. You can become a member and join the working sessions.
Get in touch for more information: fishpondsorchard@gmail.com.

Community Garden Group

LW is a weekly free Wednesday afternoon group, open to all, in the grounds of Blaise Weston Court Extra Care Setting, Lawrence Weston, Broadlands Driver, BS11 0AF. The session runs between 1.15-3.30 with tea and cake between 2.45-3.30, toilet access, all tools, resources, gloves, refreshments provided free of charge, and inclusive to all backgrounds, interests and capacities.
Get in touch for more information: communitygardening@aliveactivities.org.

Alive Dementia Friendly Allotment

At Brentry we have developed Bristol's first dementia-friendly community allotment, with free sessions running every Monday and Tuesday 1.30-3.30, and fortnightly intergenerational sessions on Wednesdays 10.30-12 until end of Oct. We will adapt his timetable slightly over winter to just Mondays and fortnightly Wednesdays, with a few weeks off for Christmas break. Sessions are led by a Horticultural Therapist, trained volunteers, and with session, materials, space and tools adapted to be dementia friendly and suitable for wheelchair users or people living with sensory or cognitive impairments.
Get in touch for more information: abi@aliveactivities.org.

As follows are more organisations in Bristol where you can look into volunteering:

General Volunteering Opportunities

Gardening and land management volunteer opportunities

Health and wellbeing activities

Lastly, we invite you to stay connected with us to receive the latest news about volunteering opportunities, upcoming programmes, courses, vacancies and more, by receiving our monthly newsletter: www.swcityfarm.co.uk/newsletter.