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.
Please note* There is a waiting list for some department's volunteer positions, so once you've expressed interest in volunteering, please be patient. We will contact you when a position becomes available.
Head to the bottom of the page for all the food growing and gardening volunteering opportunities at the Farm and at the other sites we manage across the city.
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:
- Pricking out
- Weeding out
- Potting on
- 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.
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.
The Farm Kitchen - Age 16+
Our on-site vegetarian/vegan cafe offers volunteering opportunities such as;
- Pot washing
- cleaning and clearing
- Basic food prep
Finance, Reception and Administration - Age 16+
General office duties, such as:
- Data entry
- Counting money
- Document production
- Answering the telephone
- Taking messages
- Offering basic information to visitors.
Site Maintenance - Age 16+
- Mending/building fences
- Transporting materials and tools
- Laying woodchip
- Building structures
- Assisting with manure and compost production
- General maintainance
South Yorkshire Energy Centre - Age 16+
Working in the SYEC visitor centre.
- 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
- General office work including data entry and document production
- Assisting at events.
Volunteer Gardening Sessions
We hold gardening sessions at various places around Sheffield for anyone to come and join in. There are a few opportunities that we provide for anyone to get involved in some gentle gardening. All sessions are open to all, do as little or as much as you like, no experience necessary and all equipment is provided. The places, days and times are as follows...