Wick Care Farm

Wick Care Farm is a welcoming, friendly place where adults and children are supported to carry out a wide variety of activities based on the farm.

This day opportunity offers a structured day,  designed to help people improve their mental and physical health. 

What do our clients do?

Clients can get involved in a range of different tasks including:

  • Caring for animals - chickens, geese, duck, pigs and sheep / lambs
  • Horticulture - sowing, potting on and planting, watering, weeding, making compost
  • Cooking - harvesting and making lunch, making cakes, jams and chutneys and cordials
  • Conservation tasks - feeding wild birds, creating woodpiles, planting wildflowers and making birdboxes
  • General maintenance tasks - building raised beds, fencing, making shelves and signs
  • Rural crafts
  • Walking - with or without the dogs!

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Positive Benefits

  • Improved mental health and well being
  • Improved physical health
  • Opportunities for social interaction
  • Increased independence 
  • Feeling valued, respected and appreciated
  • Provides structure to day
  • Developing skills
  • Promotes recovery from illness or trauma
  • Learn to plan and adapt
  • Provides break for carers

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Who is Care Farming suitable for?

Wick Care Farm is open to people of all ages.  This would include people with:
 
   mental health issues
   complex educational needs
   learning difficulties
   dementia
   long term unemployed

 

Education - An Alternative Curriculum

We are  open for a limited number of school students who need to follow an alternative curriculum. (At the moment, 2 students from local High Schools per day except Wednesday which is only for school students).  We focus on pre-vocational skills and skills for living.  However, we are aware of the National Curriculum and attempt to link activities to relevant objectives.  We work closely with the schools to produce bespoke targets for each student.

Wick Care Farm aims to provide students with a safe, secure, predictable and nurturing environment.  Activities provide opportunities for them to learn to cope with relationships with their peers and to work together on tasks safely. These activities are enjoyable and fun and should help improve their self-esteem through success. When working with animals, students have to learn to control their emotions such as fear and frustration. They experience the importance of being kind, calm, and confident in order to achieve success. 

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What do we offer?

  • A therapeutic, safe environment where confidentiality, equality and diversity, and health and safety are paramount
  • A structured daily routine
  • Varied tasks according to ability and choice
  • Goal planning and progress reviews
  • Long term or fixed term placements
  • Group and individual supervision and support
  • An alternative curriculum for school aged students
  • Work experience and student placements
  • Encouragement and facilitation to succeed, achieve and to challenge themselves
  • A place where personal development comes before productivity.

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The Care Farm Facilities

  • Level access to 2 large meeting rooms
  • Accessible toilets
  • Poly tunnel and greenhouse
  • Raised beds
  • Vegetable garden
  • Enclosed yard
  • Allotment - a field! 

There are jobs to be done all over the whole farm. When appropriate, we  work at any part of the farm. For example, planting bluebell bulbs in a small piece of woodland or feeding birds along the track or in a field of bird cover.

What are the costs?

The cost to individuals attending will depend on their level of support needed and hours of attendance.
Assessment sessions (2 - 3 weeks) £35
Following sessions:  from £45 - £70  

This does not include lunch or transport.
Lunch is available for a cost of £3. Drinks and snacks are available all day.

We also offer sessions for groups or individuals with their own support workers.
Costs are negotiated before the start of the placements.

Timing of Sessions

Session times 10.30 am - 3.30 pm
School sessions 9.00 am - 2.45pm

Volunteers

Our volunteers are highly valued.  Volunteers are welcomed for whatever practical or personal skills they can offer. Depending upon experience and skills, volunteers can work alone, within a group or with a couple of farm helpers on their daily activities. These range from gardening, cooking, general maintenance, woodwork and crafts, to giving extra support and encouragement to individual farm helpers as they go through the day. 

If you are interested in working as a volunteer please contact us by e-mail including your details and any interests that you think would be helpful. We will contact you and ask you to visit us for a look round and a chat.

Donations 

We have been very grateful for the donations we have received.  They have made a great difference to the activities we are able to deliver.

Physical donations are appreciated and we could not have managed without the generous donations of a few important items. We are particularly looking for some timber for raised beds, gardening tools e.g. spades, forks and hoes, compost bins, hardware items and cooking implements.  We are also need spare wellington boots, waterproof trousers, working boots of all sizes.  Many of the children / adults cannot afford to buy such items and arrive at the farm ill equipped.   If you have any items you would like to donate, please get in touch.