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!



 

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.

Volunteer in the Gardens

Time:  Tuesdays 1.30-4pm during term times.

Contact: Anita, volunteer@farm.org.au

If you are a keen gardener and would like to help out in our many gardens, please contact Anita to book your space. (you will need a current working with childrens check). There is no fee for joining this program

Corporate Volunteering Opportunities

Contact: Anita, volunteer@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.

Supported Volunteering 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 on volunteering options and availability, please contact;:

Steve at community@farm.org.au - for any supported volunteering opportunities, or

Anita at volunteer@farm.org.au - for any corporate or general volunteering information