To enable co-farmers to achieve their goals, we use meaningful occupations on the farm as tools to support their progression. For example, if a co-farmer is working on being able to stay at the farm for a full session or day, we might use their favourite activity as a motivation, matching them with other co-farmers and staff to support their engagement. If a co-farmer wants to make friends, we will engage them in activities that involve team work and communication with other co-farmers. If a co-farmer wants to find work, we will engage them in activities that encourage them to take more responsibility, and that challenge their communication and problem-solving skills.
Co-farmers have yearly reviews at FarmAbility. This is an opportunity for us to share what co-farmers have been doing and all their successes with family and support workers. It is also an opportunity for co-farmers, their family and support workers to tell us what they think. We then all work together to help co-farmers decide what they would like to work on over the coming year.