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Thank you to everyone who voted for us!

28th Nov 2017

Thank you so so much to everyone who voted for us in the Tesco Bags of Help campaign! All of the times you voted for us or told your friends about us added up and we’re delighted to say that we received the most votes of all three options! We’ll now receive £4,000 to help us use woodlands to improve the lives of adults with autism and/or learning disabilities, and we can’t wait to tell you details about how we’re going to do it!

We can’t do everything we do without your support, so we really appreciate this vote of confidence from the people of Oxford in what we do. We think we’re really lucky to work with our co-farmers here on the farm: if you’d like to support us in what we do then please do look at this page and get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!

Volunteering with FarmAbility

24th Nov 2017

FarmAbility is looking for enthusiastic volunteers who can help with our farm-based programme for adults with autism and/or learning disabilities (our “co-farmers”). Co-farmers join us to take part in meaningful activities on a working farm, and our volunteers help enable them to practice and develop skills they can take away with them to their homes and communities.

We’re currently especially looking for people who are available on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, either for half- or full-days. Our hours are 10am-4pm, and we’re keen to hear from anyone who has an interest in what we do. Please contact JP@farm-ability.org.uk to get more information or to ask any questions you might have!

FarmAbility Open Day in December!

8th Nov 2017

We are holding an Open Day on 1st December 2017, so if you’re interested in learning more about what we do this is your chance! This day is primarily focused for LD Professionals, but please do get in touch even if you’re not, and we’ll try and fit you in!

With several time slots to choose from, you can enjoy a mix of presentations, Q&A sessions, practical demonstrations, all of which we hope will inspire you to feel excited about the potential of farm-based programmes!

Visits will last about 2 hours, and will include a tour of the farm as well as a short Q&A. Please ensure that you dress suitably for the weather conditions, and we would advise wearing wellington or walking boots around the farm.

So we can keep track of numbers, booking in advance is necessary. For more information and to book your place onto one of the slots, contact JP at jp@farm-ability.org.uk or ask for him on 01865 245604.

Helping FarmAbility through Tesco’s Bags of Help

1st Sep 2017

Starting today, FarmAbility is bidding to get a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

This initiative sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores – being awarded to local community projects such as ours.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers can head over to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

FarmAbility have been shortlisted in the Oxford area for funding for a great project. Our project will provide training in bushcraft and outdoor First Aid for the FarmAbility team, resources for outdoor activities, and funding to build a composting toilet in the woodland.

Why we want to do this

After they leave school, many people with autism and learning disabilities (ALD) are not given the opportunities they need to enjoy active, engaged and meaningful lives. Too many people with ALD spend much of their time in indoor, sedentary activities, often in social isolation from their communities. They need opportunities to get outdoors, take part in hands-on, practical tasks, and feel connected both to others and to nature.

Nature and outdoor environments, such as farms, nature reserves and woodland, offer fantastic potential in the form of purposeful activities, practical skills, and team work, as well as the chance to gain a greater enjoyment and appreciation of the natural world, with all the positive benefit to health and well-being this brings.

FarmAbility runs an outdoor day service for co-farmers (people with ALD, including school students), based on and hosted by a working farm in Wytham. On the farm there is a woodland space used in the past for primary school visits that we want to reinvigorate for use by our co-farmers and other visiting groups. We want to offer FUN and challenging bushcraft and nature sessions, enabling people with ALD to build their confidence in the outdoor environment, learn practical skills (woodwork, outdoor cooking, nature recognition, shelter building, foraging), and ultimately benefit from the positive impact on physical health and well-being from feeling stronger and fitter, improved sleep, reduced anxiety, increased self-esteem, and a stronger belief in their own capacities.

The project will provide a fantastic outdoor resource for our co-farmers (over 40 people) as well as for visiting groups supported by other disability organisations we work with.

How to vote for us

Voting is open in some Oxford Tesco stores throughout September and October. Customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. Use this link to see a map to find your closest store, and don’t forget that you can vote for us more than once.

Voting is open until 31st October 2017. Thanks to everyone who takes the time to help!

Visit us in October 2017!

16th Aug 2017

Update: Please note that this has been postponed and will be rearranged to  a new date before the end of the year. We will post up the date as soon as we have one.

 

For the first time, FarmAbility is holding an Open Day on Friday 13 October 2017, for people with an interest in care farming and in our programme.  With several time slots to choose from, you can enjoy a mix of presentations, Q&A sessions, practical demonstrations, all of which we hope will inspire you to feel excited about the potential of farm-based programmes!  For more information, contact JP at jp@farm-ability.org.uk or 01865 245604