We envision a society where people with learning disabilities and autism are independent, active and connected members of society, where they have regular meaningful occupation and where their contribution is recognised and valued.
Farms offer a stimulating and sensory environment where engaging in purposeful animal-related and horticultural activities can transform people’s experiences of learning and significantly improve their capacity to build new skills and self-confidence. We see the positive benefit that farming life brings to people’s health and well-being, and we are passionate about increasing access to this benefit by more people.
FarmAbility is FIT’s key programme. FarmAbility offers a day service for adults with learning disabilities and autism, a schools programme and an EmployAbility project for young people with learning disabilities and autism. We also run work placements for students of Occupational Therapy and other relevant areas of practice.
FIT is based on FAI (Food Animal Initiative) Farms in Wytham. FAI Farms is a subsidiary of the Benchmark Holdings plc group of companies. FAI Farms is a beautiful, 1,900-acre organic livestock farm located five miles to the north-west of the centre of Oxford.
If you are interested in FarmAbility and would like to find out more, please get in touch to find out more, or come for a visit!