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Volunteer opportunities

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

You could find yourself doing anything from approaching potential sponsors or asking local businesses for raffle prizes to helping out at a stall or delivering publicity leaflets.

We also need people to help maintain the mill and train as guides and stewards for leading guided tours of the mill.

See right for some stories from current volunteers.

If you're interested in getting involved, please email

Become a guide to Brixton Windmill

As part of the bid for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Friends of Windmill Gardens agreed to provide 50 volunteer guides trained to take visitors round the mill when it opened to the public after restoration.

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?

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

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 wheat grown organically in Hertfordshire, provide important income that goes to ensuring 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

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.

We're always looking for people to help set up and take down stalls, sell merchandise, serve refreshments, direct visitors and sign them in, help at special events, and bake cakes (we refund the cost of ingredients).

There are also roles behind the scenes, including helping with fundraising, publicity and events, and improving the gardens.

If you're interested in any of these roles, please email

Robert Adie

Robert Adie is a volunteer guide to Brixton Windmill

Being part of a team is important and of course it's great meeting all of the different visitors who come to the windmill wanting to know its story.

Sandra Watts

Sandra Watts

Sandra Watts joined the Friends of Windmill Gardens in 2009

I visited the windmill on an Open House weekend before it was restored and was really interested in the mechanics of how it worked. I live locally and always liked windmills.

But I didn’t volunteer until after I retired, when I had more time. I’ve been involved in organising stalls for the Friends’ Summer Festival, and now I’ve trained as a guide.

I like meeting people and helping Brixton’s heritage – making sure the last windmill in central London isn’t lost for future generations.