Volunteering

The Farm relies on a hardy troupe of volunteers to help keep animals and plants healthy and happy, and to contribute in many ways to the ongoing operation of the Farm and its activities.

Please note: It is now compulsory for all volunteers to have a current Working with Children Check. As a volunteer you may get one for free, and just need to pay for the photos. Forms can be obtained from the post office.

There is an all day car park next door. It costs $12 for the day.

 

Learn about Bees

Have you ever wanted to look inside a beehive, watch beekeepers open hives, or even don a protective bee suit to help them do this?

Are you interested in learning more about bees and beekeeping? Perhaps you already keep bees or are considering becoming a beekeeper.

Do you wish to learn more about the importance of honey bees for our food security?

Then our apiary may be just the place for you to visit. 

It is open on the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 10:30 to 3:30, except during winter when it is only open on the fourth Sunday. (In 2018 it will be open on 16th December in lieu of 23rd December).

Entry is free.

To reach the apiary, go to the end of St Heliers St, Abbotsford and go through the main entrance to the Farm precinct. At the Capital City path turn right and walk approx. 300 metres along it. The apiary can also be reached along the Capital City path from a westerly direction.

The apiary is jointly managed by the Collingwood Children’s Farm and the Victorian Apiarists’ Association Melbourne Section.

If you wish to book a ticket to join the beekeepers at the hive openings, then email a request to collingwoodbees@gmail.com
If you wish to learn more about our apiary, go to www.facebook.com/collingwood.bees

 

Join the Gardening Group

Time:  Tuesdays 1.30-4pm during term times.

Contact: Toni, staff@farm.org.au

If you are a keen gardener or would like to learn more about gardening, please join us. No need to call or book, just turn up on the day! (however you do need a current Working With Childrens Check).  This is a free programme.

 

Be Part of the Supported Volunteer Program 

This program provides the opportunity for groups and individuals to learn work skills, develop social skills, work successfully in a team situation and foster a positive connection with the farm community.

The volunteers involved have a wide range of abilities involving physical, emotional or intellectual difficulties. Many students are on the Autism Spectrum which has its own unique challenges.

We are also increasingly working with people who have a broad range of mental illnesses and also acquired brain injuries.

Regular weekly groups come from special schools and adult disability services. These volunteers are usually responsible for specific tasks each week which gives them a sense of ownership and develops independence as the individuals learn the procedures and can set to work with minimal assistance from their staff.

Participants in the program are from a wide age range, and time spent at the farm is governed by their specific goals and capabilities.

Work experience is offered through the schools and TAFE either as a block of time or one day a week. The program also caters for the VCAL and VET students for one day a week ongoing placements.

One day a week placements give the continuity of staff and tasks that many of our students need for a positive outcome.

Participation in this supported program involves no cost. In all there is an average of over 100 workers per week, quite a work force for the farm.

Requests and referrals come through mainstream schools, special schools, adult support groups, disability agencies, TAFE, and mental health agencies.

For more information and availabilities on our Supported Volunteer Program please email Steve at staff@farm.org.au

 

Help People with a Disability Learn to Ride Horses with  the RDA   (Riding for the Disabled, Australia)

The Collingwood branch of the RDA uses our horses and facilities to run sessions for their clients.  They are often looking for committed volunteers with Horse experience to help with the horses and/or the riders.

Sessions run Tuesday mornings, Wednesday and Thursday evenings through school terms 1, 2 and 4.

More information can be obtained from their website at www.rdav.asn.au/centres/collingwood/  

Email:  rdacollingwood@gmail.com

 

Corporate Groups Volunteering

Contact: Anita, staff@farm.org.au
Time:  10am-1pm or 10am-4pm


Volunteer activity details: Volunteers assist with Farmer’s Market set-up, including placing straw bales out for seating, setting up signage, trestles, umbrellas, recycling stations and the Farm’s own produce stall. Harvesting produce for the Farm Stall is seasonal and may involve harvesting fruit, picking veggies and flowers, packaging seeds and/or dried herbs. This happens on the second Friday of the month.
Volunteer activity details: Volunteers assist with land care/gardening depending on the time of the year. Includes weeding (usually weeds are then fed to the animals), mulching, planting, harvesting, watering and building pathways in the gardens. This happens any Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday. 
What to wear and bring: We ask that you wear closed-toe shoes and bring a hat and waterproof jacket, as the weather is always changing.
Lunch: Volunteers are required to bring their own lunch and water bottles. Alternatively, lunch can be purchased at the Farm Cafe or the Convent bakery.
What is the Collingwood Children's Farm? The Collingwood Children's Farm is a not-for-profit community organisation working to connect city people with land, animals, farm life and community. It is a farm where people come together around animals, chores and activities. Children and young people develop life skills in a safe, supportive and stimulating environment.