Volunteer Placements

Help provide local food, enhance an urban wildlife area and improve the space for the community! 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.


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

Most government restrictions have been dropped but HCF will continue with measures in place to enable participation on site in a safe manner. Please read the pdf at this link carefully to understand how volunteering will operate during the pandemic. These guidelines are important so that everyone feels comfortable attending.


When can I volunteer?

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


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.


Tasks

Planting, harvesting, watering, digging, weeding, cutting back, mowing, hedge trimming etc. We also need help with publicity, supporting others to volunteer, fund-raising, machinery maintenance, site design, forest gardening, permaculture and any other skills you think would help.


Applying

Please use the ‘Apply’ button at the top of the page to fill out an online form.

Once you’ve submitted the form, we will let you know the outcome within a couple of weeks. 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. Once this day is complete, we will ask you to complete a volunteer agreement before commencing regular work at the farm. If for any reason we think volunteering at the farm will not be suitable for you, we will notify you.


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. 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?

We’re afraid not. Our staff will need to prepare for your visit to be sure you are well looked after and to be able to put your support to best use.

We have an application process for our volunteer placements. This involves collecting important information from you to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time.


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.


Preparation checklist

  • Gloves & boots – We are happy to supply a pair of gloves & boots that only you use during your placement.  You will ideally take these home each session to avoid them getting mixed up with others and to dry out if wet. Obviously, you can also bring your own.
  • Weather appropriate clothing – Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. If it’s raining, obviously wet weather clothing will be needed. If it’s sunny, sunblock and a sun-hat is recommended.
  • 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.
  • Water – Please bring a bottle of drinking water or other drink. There is no drinking water on site. In hot weather you will need a large amount of water to keep hydrated.
  • Pack-lunch – If you will be volunteering for a full session, please bring a packed lunch with you or there are shops next to the site.


Provided

  • 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!


Directions:
Click here for directions to the farm.