Heeley City Farm

Volunteering

Heeley City Farm is open to volunteers from ages 8 upwards. The Farm, our food-growing sites and the Energy Centre simply couldn’t run without the brilliant volunteers who come and work with us everyday so if you’d like to get involved please get in touch! The Farm is also happy to host corporate volunteer days.

There is a waiting list for volunteer positions, so once you've expressed interest in volunteering, please be patient. We will contact you when a position becomes available.

Garden Centre - Age 16+

Tasks both seasonal and throughout the year. Helping with the smooth running and productivity of our garden centre

Gardening tasks include:

  • Sowing
  • Pricking out
  • Weeding out
  • Potting on
  • Watering
  • Preparing hanging baskets.

Cleaning and Maintenance tasks include:

  • Helping to clean and tidy the poly tunnels
  • Pot washing
  • Repairing/renewing gardening areas as per required.

Retail tasks include:

  • Customer service
  • Till use
  • Answering queries
  • Stock taking
  • Arranging displays.
Organic Food Growing - Age 16+

We offer a variety of opportunities to learn about growing food organically and successfully, in a fun, friendly and informal setting.

Regular volunteer days at our main food growing sites:
Heeley City Farm Kitchen Garden - Fridays 10.30am-12.30pm
Meersbrook Walled Garden – Mondays 10.30am-4pm
Norfolk Park Community Garden – Wednesdays 10.30am-4pm
Wortley Hall Walled Garden – Tuesdays & Thursdays 10.30am-4pm
Firth Park Community Allotment - Thursdays 9.30-11.30am

Tasks include:

  • Gardening duties
  • Planting
  • Weeding
  • Harvesting
  • Digging
  • Maintaining compost heaps
  • Protecting crops
  • Watering

There are also opportunities to help support publicity and events at the different sites.

Farm Animal Care and Site Maintenance - Age 8 - 16

All aspects of Farm Animal Care, such as: Feeding, watering, housing, bedding, moving animals, egg collection, grooming, health checks, safety checks, cleaning out animal housing, sweeping, cleaning, tidying etc.

“I love Heeley City Farm, I have lots of friends there and have learnt loads about animals”

Young volunteer Amy age 11 continues to volunteer weekends and school holidays.

Café - Age 16+

Working in The Farm Kitchen, our vegitarian café.

Catering tasks include:

  • Making espresso based coffee
  • Food preperation
  • Making salads, snacks, main meals and desserts.


Retail tasks include:

  • Customer service (busy enviroment) and till use.


Cleaning tasks include:

  • Washing up
  • Sweeping
  • Mopping
  • Cleaning kitchen appliances
  • Cleaning the dining area.
Finance, Reception and Administration - Age 16+

General office duties, such as:

  • Filing
  • Photocopying
  • Typing
  • Laminating
  • Data entry
  • Counting money
  • Spreadsheets
  • Databases
  • Document production
  • Answering the telephone
  • Taking messages
  • Offering basic information to visitors.
Site Maintenance - Age 16+
  • Mending/building fences
  • Painting
  • Transporting materials and tools
  • Laying woodchip
  • Building structures
  • Assisting with manure and compost production
  • General maintainance
Heritage - Age 8+

Opportunities in Community Archaeology and Heritage Activities.

Activities include:

  • Roundhouse construction
  • Pottery
  • Community research
  • Excavation
  • Finds processing
  • Assisting at events
  • Administration and data entry
South Yorkshire Energy Centre - Age 16+

Working in the SYEC visitor centre.

Tasks include:

  • General administration
  • Offering basic advice & information (after induction and training) on energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable building and affordable warmth.
Sheffield Safe Places - Age 18+
  • Secret shopping
  • Assisting with training for new premises
  • Audits
  • General office work including data entry and document production
  • Assisting at events.
Contacts
Farm Animal Care and Site Maintenance - Age 8 - 16
Name: Rachel Gilbert
Phone: 0114 258 0482
Email: rachel.gilbert@heeleyfarm.org.uk
Garden Centre - Age 16+
Phone: 0114 258 0482
Organic Food Growing - Age 16+

Heeley City Farm Kitchen Garden, Meersbrook Walled Garden or Norfolk Park Community Garden

Name: Nick Horne
Phone: 0794 118 2028
Email: nhorne@heeleyfarm.org.uk
Organic Food Growing - Age 16+

Firth Park Community Allotment

Name: Dot Rodman
Email: dotrodman@heeleyfarm.org.uk
Organic Food Growing - Age 16+

Wortley Hall Walled Garden

Name: Darrell Maryon
Phone: 0776 893 2613
Email: darrell@heeleyfarm.org.uk
Site Maintenance - Age 16+
Phone: 0114 258 0482
Cafe
Name: Alison Kitchen
Phone: 0114 258 0244
Email: alison.kitchen@heeleyfarm.org.uk
Heritage - Age 8+
Name: Sally Rodgers
Email: youngroots@heeleyfarm.org.uk
South Yorkshire Energy Centre - Age 16+
Name: Sharon
Email: sharon.syec@heeleyfarm.org.uk
Finance, Reception and Administration - Age 16+
Phone: 0114 258 0482
Email: info@heeleyfarm.org.uk
Sheffield Safe Places - Age 18+
Name: Saskia
Email: safeplaces@heeleyfarm.org.uk
News
***Help Heeley City Farm by donating, visit our JustGiving page to donate. Even the smallest amount can help the work we do to continue! For more info on how people can help the Farm go to our Donate Page***

*** We now have an Amazon Wishlist where you can buy things that the Farm needs for us as a way of donating***

10th December 2018 - A massive thank you to all who came to the Winter Fayre on Saturday. Thank you to all the stall holders, entertainment providers, volunteers and staff who helped bring it all together and thanks to all the visitors who braved the cold and wet weather to come and say hi. Thank you

The Farm Kitchen

Friday 14th December

  • Soup

    Leek and Sweet Potato

  • Mains

    Roasted Vegetable Lasagne

    Vegetable Chilli

  • Potatoes

    Sage and Thyme