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Volunteer opportunities

We rely totally on volunteers for all our activities, from organising festivals and events to baking, fundraising, publicity and gardening.

You could find yourself doing anything from approaching potential sponsors or taking photos of events to helping out at a stall or serving refreshments.

We also need people to mill flour and lead guided tours of the mill.

We offer comprehensive training and support.

Click here to read the stories of some current volunteers.

If you're interested in getting involved, please email volunteers@brixtonwindmill.org.uk.

How much time is required?

Volunteering doesn't mean giving up all your spare time! Even if you can spare only a couple of hours every few months, we'd be delighted to receive your help.

Brixton Windmill is open on certain weekends from Easter to October each year. Once you're on our volunteer list we will email you a schedule of dates, where you can sign up for the times and roles that suit you. So if you want to help with selling merchandise for a couple of hours, that's fine.

If you want to volunteer as a guide or a miller we ask for a bit more commitment, as we will spend some time providing comprehensive training and full support. 

  • If you are a guide you will sign up to an agreed rota with other volunteers - ideally 4-6 days a year.
  • Milling takes place every two weeks, so millers will also sign up to an agreed rota - ideally half a day a month.

Become a guide to Brixton Windmill

Volunteer at stall

Image: Jeff Thomas

If you would like to learn new skills and strengthen your CV at the same time as making a difference to the local community, why not train as a guide to Brixton Windmill? Become part of the team who help to bring the windmill to life for visitors, providing a friendly and informed welcome.

In return, you will have a unique opportunity to meet new people as well as improve your communication skills, historical knowledge and public speaking.

The windmill is open to the public from April to October, usually on the second weekend of the month plus some other special events. You will not be needed every month – you would sign up to an agreed rota with other volunteers. We will provide training and support.

So if you like chatting to people and want to make a difference to conserving Brixton’s heritage, we would love to hear from you. Please email volunteers@brixtonwindmill.org.uk.

Become a miller at Brixton Windmill

We are now regularly milling flour at Brixton Windmill using the electric driven modular mill.

Sales of our wholemeal stoneground flour, produced from organic wheat, provide important income that helps to ensure the long-term future of the windmill.

Why not volunteer to be a miller or help us with the promotion and sales of our flour? We will fully train you and in return we hope you will agree to volunteer for at least one half-day shift every month.

If you are interested please email volunteers@brixtonwindmill.org.uk.

Other volunteers at Brixton Windmill

If you can't afford the time to train as a guide or miller but would still like to help out on our open days, there are lots of other ways you can get involved.

Here are some examples of volunteer roles that you might be interested in:

  • Baking: Our home-made cakes are very popular with visitors on open days and provide extra income to support our activities. We refund the cost of ingredients.
  • Events: Helping organise our festivals and events requires all hands on deck, from hiring musical acts to finding hay bales!
  • Gardening: We run a gardening workshop in Windmlil Gardens on the first Saturday of every month to make the park attractive to wildlife and visitors.
  • Publicity and fundraising: If you're superb with social media or fabulous at fundraising, get in touch - we'd love to hear from you!

In addition, we're always looking for people to help set up and take down stalls, sell merchandise, serve refreshments, direct visitors and sign them in.

No experience required - just a smile and a willing attitude!

If you're interested in any of these roles, please email volunteers@brixtonwindmill.org.uk.

Volunteer of the month

Chris Patton is a designer

I love being part of a group of people who are working hard to promote an amazing industrial heritage project to the local community, to a London wide audience and making sure Brixton Windmill is around for a long time for future generations to enjoy.