Volunteering

Help provide local food, enhance an urban wildlife area and improve the space for the community. We are incredibly grateful to all our volunteers. We hope you can join us! Please read all the info below before applying.

If the online form at the above link fails to work and you need an emailed or paper version or if you have any questions not covered here, please get in touch. To stay updated please sign up to our mailing list.


Where? Click here for directions to the farm.


When can I volunteer?

Wednesdays 9:30-3pm
Fridays 9:30-3pm


Is there a minimum time commitment?

The first session you attend will enable you to decide whether you would like to pursue a full placement. Ideally, we like our volunteers to commit to a minimum of a day each week for a minimum of two months. However, as long as you can commit to 8 days in total, we can be flexible about when you come to the farm.


Applying

Please use the ‘Apply’ button above to fill out an online form.

Once you’ve submitted the form, we will let you know the outcome within a week. Applications are rejected only in very exceptional circumstances. If your application is shortlisted, we will arrange for you to come for a trial session to get to know the place and people, talk through health and safety, and participate in tasks.

This gives you an opportunity to see if volunteering at the farm is right for you before you commit to a full placement. It also enables us to give you some feedback. If, in the rare case we think volunteering at the farm will not be suitable for you, we will notify you.


Optional: Earn Citizen Coin every session

Register with the Citizen Coin website then sign up to Horton Community Farm’s Citizen Coin listing to receive 4 Bradford Coins every time you attend for at least 3 hours. Your digital Bradford Coins can be exchanged for discounts from local and City Centre retailers or passed on to anyone else who is registered. You can also manage your Citizen Coin through the app available from Apple or Google app stores.


Covid 19 Measures

Government restrictions have been dropped but HCF will continue with measures in place, outlined at this link, to enable participation on site in a safe manner. These guidelines are important so that everyone feels comfortable attending.


Benefits to You

Get the great feeling of making a difference, being outdoors, learning new skills and meeting new people. Gain experience of organic growing and site maintenance. Certificates can be issued to confirm your time with us.


Benefits to the Community

Share your knowledge, experience and energy and help preserve this fantastic urban green space for generations to come. Grow local food and help maintain the community’s connection with nature & wildlife. Volunteering at HCF helps enable our range of programmes including:

  • Forest Schools sessions for children on Free School Meals
  • Food growing activities for families and their 0-3’s
  • Mindfulness gardening sessions for over 50’s and their carers
  • A programme of activities for sanctuary seekers
  • Access to allotments for the local community


Tasks

Planting, harvesting, watering, digging, weeding, cutting back, mowing, hedge trimming etc.


Can anyone volunteer?

We aim to make our services accessible to as wide a range of the public as possible. If we can’t accommodate you at this time we hope to be in touch in the future when we have more capacity.

We are committed to ensuring that every volunteer is treated fairly regardless of age, disability, ethnic origin, marital or parental status, political belief, religion, gender or sexual orientation.


Children under 16 years old

Children under 16 can attend accompanied by an adult who remains responsible for their child’s safety at all times. If you are 15 years or under and wish to volunteer without a parent or carer attending with you, your parent or carer must fill in the parental consent form at this link. All supervisors of volunteer sessions are DBS checked. Our activities are not suitable for children under 12.


Accessibility

Volunteering opportunities at HCF for less able people and the disabled are limited at the moment as the site is not very accessible to wheelchairs and the facilities are basic. We will be working on this to ensure opportunities for all in the future. If you have a disability and would like to volunteer, please contact us for more details at volunteer@hcf.org.uk


Can I just turn up, without applying?

Yes, but you will need to fill in the form before you can take part in tasks. We are happy to guide you through the online form if needed. Ideally, let us know before you visit se we can best prepare and have someone to show you round.

We have an application process for our volunteer placements but only in the rarest cases do we turn someone away. Collecting your information ensures you have a safe and enjoyable time, you are well looked after and your support is put to best use.


Preparation checklist

  • Sturdy footwear – Work-boots or old walking boots are recommended if you have them. We can provide boots if you don’t have your own. Waterproof footwear in wet weather or when the grass is wet is essential. Tasks that involve lifting heavy objects require steel toe-capped boots that we can supply.
  • Gloves – We are happy to supply a pair of gloves that only you use during your placement.  If they get wet it is advisable to take them home to dry out. You can also bring your own.
  • Weather & mud appropriate clothing – Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. If it’s raining, obviously wet weather clothing will be needed. Some raincoats are available to borrow. If it’s sunny, sunblock and a sun-hat is recommended.
  • Water – Hot drinks are provided by HCF. If you require a cold drink please bring your own bottle of water or other drink. There is no drinking water supply on site. In hot weather you will need a large amount of water to keep hydrated.
  • Lunch – If you will be volunteering for a full session, please bring a packed lunch with you or use one of the very nearby shops.


Provided

  • Hot drinks
  • Tools
  • Gloves if needed
  • Boots if needed
  • Coat if needed
  • Compost toilet
  • Shelter


Facilities

Facilities on the farm are fairly basic. There is a cabin if we need to shelter at any time. We have a compost toilet that is clean and tidy.

Wet weather

Light drizzle won’t effect tasks but on days with heavy, persistent rain it is best to come another day! Snow will force the volunteer session to be cancelled.