Scrubditch Care Farm provides therapeutic farm based activities for vulnerable people.
We focus on increasing confidence, building independence and promoting good health and wellbeing.
Our students - adults and young people with learning difficulties, challenging behaviour, or mental health problems - come to learn essential life skills. We also run weekly sessions for people living with dementia.
Students are involved in a variety of activities, working with animals, growing vegetables, fruit and flowers; cooking their produce and learning practical skills.
Set in a beautiful location with stunning views in open countryside, Scrubditch Care Farm provides meaningful farm-based activities for adults and young people with learning difficulties, challenging behaviour, or mental health problems. Students perform a variety of activities including working with animals, growing vegetables, fruit and flowers, cooking and learning basic woodworking skills. We also run weekly ‘feel good farming’ sessions for people living with dementia or struggling with mental health and wellbeing.
We are a small registered charity, and the site is a secure and safe environment where our students feel at home. They work hard, and have a real sense of pride with their achievements at the end of each day. They look forward to their visit to the farm every week. The care farm grows with the students and offers rural vocational training which aims to build confidence and develop social and practical skills.
At the Care Farm we have a good number of laying hens, bantams and ducks, along with a breeding flock of Wiltshire Horn Ewes and two Oxford Sandy & Black Sows who have regular litters of piglets. Students help with the lambing, feed and muck out all the animals, collect the eggs and carry out maintenance where needed. We have a poly tunnel and a series of raised beds where students can grow produce from seeds, and cook with them in our purpose built kitchen studio.
The Care Farm is a ‘day’ facility – we are open from 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday during the school term. We offer a ‘taster’ session for prospective students so they can try us out before they decide to sign up to coming regularly.
Want to do something challenging and rewarding? Then volunteering at Scrubditch Care Farm could be for you!
We always welcome new volunteers, especially those with experience in any of the following areas – working with vulnerable adults and young people, farming, animal care, woodwork, or horticulture We have a selection of different volunteer vacancies from working with the students; gardening; to attending raising awareness events, and offer regular training sessions.
The volunteer role is hard work physically. Well, it is farm work! It is mainly outdoors, quite often cold and wet and on your feet for most of the day. But on the other hand it is hugely rewarding, really enjoyable and a great deal of fun!
All of our volunteers that work with students are required to have an enhanced DBS check. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, get in touch to discuss our vacancies. Use the contact form below or call us to find out more.
We rely on the generous donations we receive to help us provide the great experience our students deserve and we're always very grateful for all that is donated.
If you'd like to support Scrubditch Care Farm then you can now donate securely online here - just click on the piggy bank or scan the QR Code below.
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