Our volunteers are the heart and soul of the farm and their energy and passion is crucial to everything we do. We have many volunteer roles and whether you are interested in animals, cooking, gardening, or just want to get involved in any way you can, there is a role at the farm for you!
The Junior Volunteers at weekends have a brilliant time, learning not just about the animals but about themselves, and the value of team work and responsibility.
We have opportunities for young people to volunteer with us on both the Riding School and with our Livestock department. In both areas, you’ll be helping with the day to day running of the farm and stable yard, as well as learning about what it takes to look after these animals in a working environment.
Whether it’s for Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, if you’re looking towards a career in animal care or if you simply want to be involved with a local charity, we’ll be happy to hear from you!
Junior volunteering is available on Saturdays and Sundays for full days only (8:30am-4:00pm). We recognise risks of working on the farm so all volunteers must complete a health & safety induction with our staff and must have signed parental or guardian consent. For mid-week volunteering during term time, please see the work experience section.
We are always interested in people who want to contribute something back to their community, whether it is a few hours helping out in the Café or using tradesman skills to repair or construct something inside or out. Equally, those considering a career in the care industry might want to assist with less independent volunteers by acting as a mentor for them.
We have volunteering opportunities throughout the year across all areas of the farm. Our standard week days are Tuesday to Friday (as the Farm is closed to the public on Mondays)
It’s worth noting that at the moment we aren’t able to offer any weekend volunteering for adults, Saturday and Sunday are reserved for our junior volunteers aged 12-17.
After a few years of being rather unloved, we’re now in a position once again to have volunteers coming in to help in the Gardens at the farm! You can read more about our old Growing Gardens project here. Though we don’t have any dedicated garden staff, our new Operations Manager, Nick, has a bit of a green finger and we’re keen to revitalise the gardens and allotments, so any extra hands are much appreciated!
For enquiries relating specifically to helping out in the Gardens, please get in touch with our Operations Manager!
TEAM LONDON SPEED VOLUNTEERING
We are proud to be working in partnership with Team London to offer short term volunteering opportunities to Londoners of all ages.
Activities are aimed at people who want to help out a charity, but who can’t commit to long term placements. We regularly post details of these on the Speed Volunteering website. In the past they have included helping out in our gardens or café, fundraising and running events.
Some volunteers might require a higher level of support then our staff are able to offer, in which case we ask that a support worker attends with the volunteer to help them with activities. The supported worker may be a carer, friend or family member, and would join in with activities.
Supported volunteers typically come in for a couple of hours each day rather than a full day, so it might be simply an hour or two in the morning, working with our Livestock or Riding School helping look after the animals.
Fancy a change of scenery? We happily entertain large groups for a team-building or community day at Deen City Farm.
Usually, organisations or offices will have a budget that will enable us to purchase the materials required for a given project.
We love the fact that most groups are itching to get to work and we only delay this with a tea and coffee and a health & safety talk and perhaps a quick “Hello” to the animals. Groups will normally be supported by one or two members of staff but we also anticipate that someone from the visiting group takes the lead overall.
Later on in the morning, we explain a little more about the work we do – we are so much more than just a Farm for children to visit.
Groups are given all the necessary tools, instructions and the objective(s) for the day: the team building and management is for the groups to do themselves!
For further details or to arrange a day, please get in touch!
Looking towards a career in animal care? We offer a limited number of work experience placements throughout the year across the various areas of the farm such as Riding School and Livestock, and sometimes the Shop & Café.
Our Work Experience placements are for those aged 14+ and generally for 1-3 weeks, 4 days a week (Tuesday – Friday) during school term time based off the Merton term dates.
As is often the case, many schools do their compulsory work experience at roughly the same time in the academic year, and as such certain times of year can get booked out very quickly. Due to staff and other volunteer commitments we are only able to support a limited number of placements, as such you may need to apply early to secure a spot with us!
We take work experience students on a first come first serve basis, and generally will not hold spaces for schools or third parties. If in doubt, contact our Volunteer Coordinator on the below details and we can double check placement availability before you apply!
In order to apply for volunteering or a work experience placement, the first thing to do is fill in a copy of our Volunteer Application Form.
Once filled in, please submit the completed form to our Volunteer Coordinator, you can send it back via email, post or drop it back in person to a member of staff (contact details for our Volunteer Coordinator and staff are listed on the front page of our application form). If you have any questions, please get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator, either by calling 020 8545 2171 or emailing email@example.com.