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Volunteering

Would you like to be more involved in your local community? Can you spare an afternoon or one or two days a week?

If so you may be interested in volunteering at Freightliners City Farm (volunteering is open to anyone over the age of 12 years). If you would like to volunteer with us please pop into the farm to have a look around and pick up a volunteering form, or email us at administration@freightlinersfarm.org.uk.

You do not need to have any specific skills as on the job training is provided, however an interest in or experience of any of the following would be beneficial: fundraising, administration, bookkeeping, PR, marketing, customer service, animals, gardening, food growing, cooking, bee keeping, carpentry and DIY.

What’s involved?

Our volunteers help out with every aspect of farm life from carrying out the essential day to day tasks enabling the farm to open, to big construction or landscaping projects, to improvement of facilities and raising and managing funds to deliver our charitable objectives.

We ask volunteers to make a commitment to the farm and either aim to volunteer on a weekly or biweekly basis for at least half a day at a time or to complete a specific task allocating the appropriate amount of time. We also ask that volunteers give their time willingly in order to support the farm to provide services and are prepared to chip in and help where they are able.

In return the farm commits to providing volunteers with guidance, support and training to enable them to contribute to the farms work. There are many opportunities for volunteering.

We expect all volunteers to work together to ensure that everyone is able to contribute to the running of the farm therefore in all roles there is an element of supporting others. In particular we will ask volunteers to provide moral and physical support as appropriate to young people, people who speak little English and people with disabilities.  
 
These roles are subject to DBS checks as the farm works with children and vulnerable adults. 

Opportunities

There are a range of practical tasks that can be undertaken, with opportunities to:

  • Get stuck in with animal keeping and groundwork
  • Help out with education and young peoples sessions
  • Grow fruit and veg as well as ornamental and wildlife friendly plants and help to maintain the gardens.
  • Run local fundraising initiatives
  • Assist staff with office administration, marketing and web presence

Activities

Animal care
Feeding and cleaning are some of the daily tasks performed by volunteers looking after the Farms wide selection of animals, regular volunteers will also get the chance to attend shows, visit other city farms and groom and show animals. 

Gardening
The farm currently has several garden areas including a Kitchen, Ornamental and Vegetable garden. We are always looking for volunteers to help keep our gardens looking good and producing vegetables & fruit. Whether you’ve been gardening for years or can’t tell a weed from a flower we would like to hear from you. 

Café work
Our café is open Thursday to Sunday.

Volunteers are needed to support the running of the busy vegetarian farm café. The café helps to raise vital funds to run the farm and provides a service to visitors; it also provides training in customer service and cooking for young people. Volunteering in the café includes serving customers, washing up, cleaning the kitchen and café spaces, clearing tables and assisting with food preparation.

As a café volunteer you will need to have good people skills, be able to work in a fast paced and busy kitchen and have a good basic level of literacy and numeracy for taking orders.

Education work
During school holidays help is required with play schemes and other special childrens events.

Farm events
The Farm runs several events throughout the year including our Open Day and City Farms Festival. We are looking for enthusiastic people to help run activities, man stalls etc on the day.