Volunteer at Surrey Docks Farm
Volunteering at Surrey Docks Farm is a fun and enjoyable way to learn new skills, meet new people and contribute to your local community.
Surrey Docks Farm is lucky to have over 80 regular volunteers dedicating their time each week. All volunteers play an important part in the running of the Farm and are valued for their contribution.
Our volunteers are involved with all aspects of the Farm; such as caring for our animals, serving customers in the farm shop or supporting staff to deliver our wide range of community and educational projects.
We also offer livestock work experience placements for students who attend Monday-Friday for one or more weeks. Please see the work experience page for more information and to book a placement. We’re sadly not able to offer any work experience placements in Winter 2020-2021 and aren’t taking any future bookings at present, please check back in March 2021 when we’ll next review the situation.
In line with our Safeguarding and Health & Safety Policy, volunteer roles are for adults only, so to be eligible you will need to 18 years or older. If you’re under 14 years you may still be eligible for one of our youth clubs, find our more here. We’re currently fundraising to be able to offer a new project for those aged 14 – 18 and will update on our website if/when this is established.
Please be aware we have a small staff team so volunteer supervision is very limited. We will support and train volunteers in their roles, but do expect volunteers to be capable of working independently and safely.
Click on a volunteer role for more information, to find out where we have vacancies and to complete an enquiry form to apply.
“I decided to volunteer to get more active and because I love being around animals. Since volunteering at Surrey Docks Farm for just over a year I have found that I am happy, healthy and content and much fitter as I have lost over a stone in weight without dieting, much better working on a farm, that in a gym. I would recommend volunteering to others as it gives you a great sense of well being and you also meet other like-minded people and can also get fitter at the same time, if you love animals, you can get closer to them and learn more about them.” Livestock Volunteer
“I would recommend volunteering to people especially in my age group; not only is it a great thing for jobs/university’s but it gives you something to do that is both beneficial and fun.” Youth Support Volunteer
“I would wholeheartedly recommend volunteering at the farm. I really look forward to going along and catching up with everyone, and the chance to be outdoors and away from the busy city while still only being a short walk from the Underground is really refreshing. The community spirit of the farm is so strong, and knowing you’re contributing to something special is absolutely awesome. Also, where else in London are you going to get the chance to play with goats and meet baby chicks after you finish work?” Farm Gym Volunteer
Volunteer with the daily animal care tasks such as mucking out, feeding and grooming.
Volunteer to enrich the Farm’s well-established and emerging green spaces.
Volunteer to support our adult students with learning disabilities carry out a variety of farm activities
Aimed at working adults who want to take part in physical farm roles, but can’t commit to our regular volunteering times!
Volunteer to serve our visitors in the farm shop and assist with general farm admin.
Volunteer to support the delivery of our youth clubs for 8-14 year olds.