Wick Care Farm began 5 years ago as an enterprise within Wick Grange Farm. It had its own bank account and any money raised would be used solely for projects that would benefit the work of the Care Farm community. The Care Farm became a separate enterprise 2 years later and now it has officially become a social enterprise - a community interest company: Wick Care Farm CIC.
This means that it is a not-for-profit enterprise where all activities are carried out to benefit the community and all monies are used to support the Care Farm in this objective.
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!
- Improved mental health and well being
- Improved physical health
- Opportunities for social interaction
- Increased independence
- Feeling valued, respected and appreciated
- Opportunities to achieve success
- Provides structure to day
- Developing skills
- Promotes recovery from illness or trauma
- Learn to plan and adapt
- Provides break for carers
Who is Care Farming suitable for?
Wick Care Farm is open to people of all ages. This would include people who:
- are recovering from mental health issues
- have complex educational needs
- are living with dementia
- have learning difficulties
- have other complex support needs
Education - An Alternative Curriculum
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.
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
- Placements for Occupational Therapy students
- Encouragement and facilitation to succeed, achieve and to challenge themselves
- A place where personal development comes before productivity.
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 on the main farm. For example, 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) £55
Following sessions: from £55 - £95
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 9.15 am - 3.00pm
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 other co-workers. Our activities range from gardening, cooking, animal husbandry, general maintenance, woodwork and crafts, to giving support and encouragement to individuals 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.
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.