Join Our Community!
There are heaps of ways to get involved with the Farm. With regular volunteering, holiday programs and events, there is something for everyone!
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.
There is an all day car park next door. It costs $12 for the day.
Current Volunteering Opportunities
Volunteer in the Gardens (FREE)
Time: Tuesdays 1.30-4pm during term times.
Each week there are different jobs in the gardens here at the Farm. Pruning, propagating and weeding are all part and parcel of the life of a gardener. Give us a hand and enjoy the different corners of the Farm’s gardens!
Help with ‘Chook Books’ Workshop (FREE)
Time: 10.30am - 1.00pm (tbc) second Saturday of each month.
We are looking for 2 volunteers who would like to help our ‘Chook Books’ workshop in partnership with ‘Kids Own Publishing’. This workshop gives visitors to the Farm the opportunity to make their own 8-page Farm story folded from an A3 sheet of paper. Volunteers will help our young authors to fold the books and help the formation of their stories!
We hope to run this activity every Market Day (Second Saturday of the month) until the end of the year and would love interested volunteers
All volunteers on the Farm need to hold a current ‘Working with Children Check’ which is free for volunteers.
Please contact Anita, firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about these opportunities
Corporate Volunteering Opportunities
Contact: Anita, email@example.com
Time: Normal hours are listed below (other times can be negotiated)
10am - 1pm
10am - 3pm
1pm - 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.
Supported Volunteering Program
Supported volunteer applications are currently closed; this Farm funded program is at full capacity.
Please visit our website throughout the year for updated information.
Collingwood Children’s Farm’s Supported Volunteer Program engages children and adults, many of whom face barriers to community engagement and future employment, including:
• Intellectual and/or physical disabilities
• Behavioural and emotional disorders
• Mental illness
• Substance abuse
• Trauma backgrounds
• Communication barriers
• School refusal
While our partnering schools and service-providers deliver comprehensive academic and inclusive programs, they have identified a need in the student/participant cohort for a community based, skills focused educational program. Volunteers at Collingwood Children’s Farm take part in meaningful experiences that build skills, relationships and connectedness and that increase the motivation to be at school, participate and be proud of their achievements. Volunteers attend individually or as part of a school/service-provider coordinated group and complete a wide range of tasks around the property.
ALL adult volunteers require a valid Working with Children’s Check.
All volunteers must complete a CCF Volunteer Agreement and agree to be bound by the conditions and policies contained therein.
All individual volunteers must complete the online CCF OH&S induction (or be accompanied by a support worker who has completed the online induction).
All volunteer groups must be must be accompanied by at least one teacher/aide/support worker etc who has completed the online CCF OH&S induction.
Volunteers aged 16-17 require written parental consent; CCF is unable to accept volunteers aged <16.
Very few tasks involve working directly with animals. Most work involves cleaning, maintaining and/or building enclosures, paddocks, gardens, facilities and/or equipment.
Collingwood Children’s Farm is an independent not-for-profit organisation and is not funded to provide support workers. All individual volunteers must be able to attend their CCF placement with complete independence or provide their own, ongoing support worker(s).
To make an enquiry, please contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org