To begin here is a shameless plug for volunteering with Bristol Food Network…
We always need writers for Bristol’s local food update, to profile projects too busy to tell the world about the great things they’re doing, and to craft inspirational case studies.
We always need people to help update the Bristol Local Food Directory. No experience necessary! – just a love of local food, and your local area, to help create the best guide of where to buy and eat local.
During the Bristol Get Growing Garden Trail which takes place the first weekend in June every year, we need photographers to capture memorable moments from all the events that happen over the weekend. We’d also like some help to support the community growing groups who take part in the Trail, by conducting a visitor survey.
Plus we are also looking for someone who loves social media to help us raise the profile of all the great food-related community events and projects which are going on in the city. If you love Twitter and Facebook, please get in touch.
To discuss any of the volunteering opportunities, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some other ways that you can get involved with volunteering in Bristol:
General Volunteering Opportunities
Can Do Bristol
Goodgym run to community projects and then do some gardening or other group tasks to help those projects.
Community Food Organisations
Alive ‘Growing Support’ sessions
Volunteers are needed to help others to get gardening, through social and therapeutic gardening activities for older people at 30 settings across the South West, mainly in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
Elm Tree Farm
Park Road, Stapleton BS16 1AA
Elm Tree Farm is a Brandon Trust enterprise, providing over 50 people with learning disabilites with votations skills and employment. Volunteering opportunities as Farm buddies, in the Farm Shop, as Weekend growers & Market gardeners
FareShare South West
Unit 4, Little Anne Street, St Judes BS2 9EB
T 0117 954 2220
FareShare redistributes quality surplus food to groups working with vulnerable individuals in and around Bristol.
TYPICAL OPPORTUNITIES: Warehouse volunteers · Van drivers · Delivery assistant · Cycle delivery
Barton Hill Settlement, 43 Ducie Road, Barton Hill, BS5 0AX
FoodCycle collects surplus produce which is used to prepare nutritious meals to be served to the community.
TYPICAL OPPORTUNITIES: Collecting surplus food by bike · Cooking · Support team
HHEAG: Hartcliffe Health & Environment Action Group
Community orchard: Bourchier Gardens Allotments, adjacent to 119 Crosscombe Drive, Hartcliffe BS13 ODA
GREENS community gardens: Molesworth Allotments, Molesworth Drive (between house nos 79 & 81), Withywood BS13 9BJ
No.10 The People’s Kitchen: The Gatehouse Centre, Hareclive Road, Hartcliffe, Bristol BS13 9JN
HHEAG was established in 1990 by residents of Hartcliffe and Withywood with the aim of supporting local people to improve their health, well being and the quality of life in the area. There are volunteering opportunities in the gardens, kitchen, shop or stalls.
91 Ways use the uniting power of food, to bridge the gaps between Bristol’s 91 language communities, in order to build a more united and sustainable city. They are looking for volunteers and community cooks for their Supper Clubs and events.
The Matthew Tree Project
Various sites around Bristol
T 0117 966 8071
Providing a range of support and guidance services targeted at the most at risk and crisis hit members of society.
TYPICAL OPPORTUNITIES: Mobile FoodStore Team · Food Distribution Centre Team · Food Appeal Collection Team · Food Growing Team
Community Food Growing Organisations
Blaise Community Garden
Henbury Road BS10 7QS
Find us next to Blaise House Museum, to the left of the front of the building (number 1 bus or parking next to Blaise Café)
Workdays: Mondays (summer only), Wednesdays & Saturdays 10am–2pm
The Community Farm
Denny Lane, Chew Magna BS40 8SZ
Join regular volunteers on Tuesdays & Thursdays (October–May) or Monday–Saturday (June-September). Or come to a Community Farmer Day when free minibus transport is available from Bristol.
T 01275 295 029
Easton Community Garden
Gordon Rd, Easton/Whitehall.
Access lane is between nos. 58 & 60. Nearest postcode BS5 7DR
Workdays: Thursdays 11–4pm (5pm summer)
181 Frenchay Park Road (on the corner with Stoke Lane) Stapleton BS16 1HB
Volunteering: Tuesday – Food growing · Wednesday – Ecological land management · Wednesday – Forest Garden · Friday – Wildflower nursery
Placements are for 1 day a week, 9.30am–4pm, for 4 months. Apply for a placement by sending a letter to email@example.com
The Grow Leader Placement is 2 day/week for 6 months. Interviews twice a year in March and August.
T 0117 965 7086
Golden Hill Community Garden
Entrance through the allotment gates at the bottom of Monk Rd BS7 8NE
Workdays: Wednesdays 10am–4pm
Incredible Edible Bristol
Opporunities at sites across the city
Let’s Grow Community Allotment
Springfield Allotments, Andover Road, Knowle BS4 1AJ
Workdays: Tuesday drop-in 9.30am–1pm
Lockleaze Community Orchard
Concorde Way Cycle path, just off Bonnington Walk, Horfield
Workdays: Last Saturday of every month
Metford Road Community Orchard
Metford Road Allotments, Metford Road (entrance by no 37), Redland BS6 7LA
Workdays: 1st Sunday of the month March–October, with additional sessions on an ad hoc basis. Arrive 11.30am–12pm
The Old Library, Eastville
Muller Road BS5 6XP
Volunteer days: 10am–2pm, 1st Saturday of the month
Patchwork Community Gardening Group
Various sites in BS3
Patchwork: last Thursday of the month 6.30pm, April–September
Talbot Allotment Site, Talbot Road, Brislington BS4 2NT
Workdays: Drop-in sessions Thursdays 12–4pm
Sea Mills Community Garden
Sylvan Way, Sea Mills, nearest postcode BS9 2LB
Workdays: Wednesday afternoons 1–4pm, 3rd Saturday of the month 9am–1pm
Sims Hill Shared Harvest
Feed Bristol site, 181 Frenchay Park Road (on the corner with Stoke Lane) Stapleton BS16 1HB
Workdays: 3rd Sunday of every month (no workday in August) 10.30am–4pm
Strawberry Lane Community Garden
Beaufort Road Allotments, BS5 8JE, diagonally left from the top of Strawberry Lane
Workdays: Tuesdays & Thursdays 11am–2pm
Woodcroft Community Orchard
Behind Woodcroft Road (access lane opposite 97 Birchwood Rd), St Anne’s BS4
Workdays: 1st Saturday of the month