FarmAbility is an outdoor, farm-based programme of animal husbandry, horticulture and seasonal tasks for adults with autism and learning disabilities. These are our co-farmers. Working in small groups, supported by enthusiastic staff and volunteers, co-farmers gain a real sense of purpose and achievement, while building the practical and vocational skills they need to move forward in their lives.
Through our day service programme, we support co-farmers to build their confidence, improve their well-being and physical health, and engage in accredited and non-accredited learning programmes. This helps to build a ‘can do’ approach – raising co-farmers’ self-esteem and ultimately their achievement, and all this while having fun too!
Co-farmers come to the farm 1-4 days a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays), for sessions starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm. We are open nearly all year round, whatever the weather!
We carried out a full evaluation of our day service programme in 2014/15, and are now running a Health & Social Outcomes pilot project, using validated assessment measures. For more information about how we monitor and measure progress on the farm, please contact Sarah: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01865 245604
Many of the beautiful images on these pages were taken by Heidi Whitty and Tom Lindsay. Heidi was FarmAbility’s first gardener, and her photos record co-farmers at work in the farm’s beautiful vegetable gardens. Tom visited FarmAbility over a five-month period starting in November 2014, and captured the rich variety of activities where co-farmers thrive, develop skills, and make friends.