FARMING

Pathways Care Farm

Pathways Care Farm utilises a beautiful 13 acre farm in Lowestoft, Suffolk, to provide daily support for those living with learning difficulties, mental ill-health or dementia. We have a good number of friendly animals, large and small (donkeys, alpacas, goats, chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese… and Flora, the pig), that we look after as well as growing flowers and vegetables. We also have a ‘creation station’ where we do arts and crafts, a pottery, a carpentry workshop and a bird hide overlooking a gorgeous lake. 

After a day on the farm you just have to feel better about life and about yourself and those people who attend our day care gain self-confidence, self-esteem and improved physical and mental health.

We believe that everyone is an individual and has value, we therefore work in collaboration with the whole team – volunteers and farm workers alike – and we help everyone to become the best ‘them’ they can.

Find out more: https://www.pathways-care-farm.org.uk/

Lingwood Care Farm

Situated 1 mile off the A47, near Acle, on an established arable and livestock farm, we offer the opportunity for people with a defined need to join us to develop new skills in a working farm environment, building confidence, self-esteem. Improving people skills, such as relationships, communication and respect.

Development of basic work skills, such as timekeeping, numeric skills, ability to understand and accepts tasks, organisation and focus. Enhancing quality of life. 

With the development of our new woodland and allotment area with a wonderful polytunnel we are excited to be able to deliver nature connection sessions as well.

We are an approved provider with Norfolk County Council and have achieved the Code of Practice with Social Farms and Gardens and have Access to Farms trained personnel. 

Find out more:

Facebook: “Lingwood Care Farm”

Website: www.lingwoodcarefarm.com

Mobile Number: 07946610973

Thornage Hall

At Thornage Hall Independent Living, near Holt, we provide land based workshops on our biodynamically managed 70 acre estate. Our land workshops are split into three: Market Garden, Farm and Estate. Each workshop provides a range of person centred, meaningful land based work for vulnerable adults, (some of whom live within our 5 Supported Living homes located on the estate) whilst producing popular biodynamic produce for Thornage Hall’s community and local markets.

In addition to our land based workshops we also offer a range of workshops in our Day Service facility. Staff at Thornage Hall Independent Living provide support to our tenants and day service users to ensure they learn new skills within a positive and inclusive community where they are encouraged to live, learn and work.

Find out more:

Website: https://www.thornagehall.co.uk/

Email: office@thornagehall.co.uk

Facebook: ThornageHallIndependentLiving

Instagram: thornage_hall

Twitter: ThornageHall

Youtube: ThornageHall

Field of Joy

Field of Joy is a social smallholding/care farm based in a magical meadow in Reepham, Norfolk. 

We work with adults and children, improving wellbeing and reducing isolation. We aim to forge friendships and connection with each other and nature. 

(From spring 2021) we offer regular and bespoke sessions and clubs for adults, young people and children, of all ages and abilities. 

We specialise in working with vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. We aim to support and empower, working flexibly and responsively and tailoring sessions to participants needs.

Find out more:

Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/fieldofjoynorfolk/?ref=bookmarks

Website: www.fieldofjoy.org

Email: fieldofjoynorfolk@gmail.com

Clinks Care Farm

Clinks Care Farm is a 143 acre County farm in Toft Monks combining the care of the land with the care of people. Participants may have learning difficulties, mental health issues or autism and get involved in farming activities such as animal husbandry, market gardening, using machinery or conservation work. 

The natural and social environment on the farm has a really positive effect on mental and physical health. It provides a meaningful activity and opportunity to learn new skills. People find their confidence and self-esteem increases.

Many people have (re-)entered employment or moved onto college. Coming to Clinks Care Farm is a step towards recovery or independence.

The farm has a farm shop and in the summer months a cut flower garden is open to the public to pick their own bunches of flowers. Clinks Care Farm is located in South Norfolk at Clinks Farm, Church Road, Toft Monks, Beccles NR34 0ET. 

Find out more:

Tel. 01502 679134. 

 Email admin@clinkscarefarm.org     

Website www.clinkscarefarm.org.uk

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People and Animals

Based in Wisbech, People & Animals UK is a Community Interest Company (No. 09738365) providing animal and land-based therapeutic interventions, activities, education and skills development opportunities for children, young people and adults to support and enhance the physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals and the wider community.

We provide a range of educational, community, outreach and farm-based activities which create opportunities for excluded and vulnerable people to engage, driving social change, and supporting coordinated community action in economically marginalised, isolated communities. We utilise the non-threatening appeal of animals and nature-based activities to overcome barriers faced, regardless of physical or learning disability, mental health challenges, age, culture, economic status or background.

Core aims are:

  • Development of skills
  • Alternative routes into education, training and employment
  • Community cohesion, resilience and pride
  • Support to statutory and community services
  • Improved health & wellbeing
  • Raised aspirations for brighter futures

We are based at a 7 acre community farm which was the first of its kind in the UK, beginning as a sugarbeet field in August 2018. Each aspect was designed by the community and built by the community, with those most vulnerable in mind along every step with our community-led steering group. The farm facilitates mutually beneficial collaboration and interaction between existing and new service providers.

The Farm is enabling us to increase the range of nature-based and animal-assisted therapeutic activities that we can offer; providing a wider range of animals that respond to different human behaviours; as well as providing a fuller curriculum of activities including therapeutic horticulture, willow weaving, apple pressing and green woodworking – broadening horizons and raising aspiration as people grow in confidence through our programmes and volunteering schemes.

From engagement to empowerment we provide stability and strong community connections to enable people to be heard where they have previously not had a voice.

Find out more: https://peopleandanimals-s9ge.temp-dns.com/

Connecting People with Nature

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