What do we offer?
FarmAbility is a farm-based programme for co-farmers, who are people over the age of 16 with learning disabilities and often also with autistic spectrum disorder. The programme runs 5 days a week (Monday to Friday), 50 weeks in the year (we close for a fortnight around Christmas and New Year).
Currently, on Tuesdays during the academic year we offer 10 places at FarmAbility to school students with learning disabilities and autism aged between 16-21 years. This year (2018/19), students are coming from Mabel Prichard School and Macintyre’s Endeavour Academy. These places are a fantastic opportunity for students to leave the confines of the school environment to explore a productive working environment.
FarmAbility also offers co-farmers the chance to visit other farms and growing spaces around the county through our outreach partnerships. Co-farmers are able to try their hand at new activities at dairy farms, market gardens, community growing spaces and woodlands.
We also offer work placements for university students studying occupational therapy, as well as other health and social care disciplines. These placements are mutually beneficial to the students and to FarmAbility – our co-farmers and the organisation itself.
We hugely appreciate the support we receive from our volunteers, and we offer a range of volunteer roles, both out on the farm with co-farmers but also in the office in areas such as fundraising, marketing, PR and bookkeeping.