We provide therapeutic activities, work-based training and experience, and ASDAN learning courses within a supportive and caring environment. These are delivered in small groups led by Programme Leaders and volunteers. Our co-farmers engage in a wide range of activities in animal husbandry and horticulture; they take part in seasonal farm jobs, cook with fresh produce, and take a good amount of physical exercise outdoors.
Through our day service programme, we aim to support co-farmers to develop new skills, build confidence, improve well-being and physical health, and gain knowledge, experience and qualifications transferable to the work place. Co-farmers learn how to work as a team and that they ‘can do’, raising their self-esteem and ultimately their achievement – all this while having fun too!
Co-farmers come to the farm up to four days a week (we operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays), for sessions starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm. We are open nearly all year round, whatever the weather!
FIT is currently undertaking an evaluation of the FarmAbility programme, to assess the impact on our co-farmers and to evaluate our progress towards intended outcomes for co-farmers. A full report will be available from the site by March 2014. For more information, please contact Sarah: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01865 245604
Most of the beautiful images on these pages were taken by Heidi Whitty and Tom Lindsay. Heidi is FarmAbility’s gardener whose photos record the concentration and intense engagement of co-farmers at work in the farm’s two vegetable gardens. Tom visited FarmAbility over a five-month period starting in November 2014, and has captured the rich variety of activities where co-farmers thrive, develop skills, and make friends.