We believe young people with autism and learning disabilities can make  a successful transition to active adulthood, with a purposeful connection to the local community, living as independently as possible, and with ambitions for their future.

FarmAbility’s Doing, Belonging, Becoming project involves students from Oxford City College and Mabel Prichard School in a year-long programme of outdoor, purposeful activities in farming and horticulture, both on our host farm in Wytham, and in various locations around the county.  While learning new skills, building confidence and improving health and well-being, students prepare to find a meaningful occupation when they leave school/college that matches their abilities, interests and aspirations.

Doing, Belonging, Becoming runs on Tuesdays during the academic terms. There is plenty of evidence to show that farms offer effective learning environments, particularly for young people who struggle in mainstream education.  Our experience shows that confidence, motivation and abilities can flourish through farming and growing activities, supported by experienced FarmAbility Programme Leaders, volunteers and occupational therapy students.  For more information, contact Liv Leonard at FarmAbility.

We are grateful to Oxfordshire Community Grants for support received for this project.