Wellies On CIC welcomes farm helpers (known as Co-Farmers) from many different backgrounds with varying needs, abilities, strengths and weaknesses. Co-Farmers can contact them, themselves or be referred by a variety of different organisations including Social Services, support worker, Carer, Occupational or Physio Therapist, GP, and Educational advisor. They are a 40 acre care farm based in Abberton just outside of Colchester in the heart of the Essex countryside. A care farm brings together the care of the land, environment and animals with care of the people. A care farm opens it’s doors to anyone who can benefit from being out in the countryside and enjoy taking part in the daily life of a working farm.
The aims of the farm are:-
Nurture Wellbeing - They recognise the importance of connecting with the natural world in order to maintain good physical and emotional health. Co-farmers can increase their wellbeing through participation in the real and meaningful tasks involved in the everyday running of the farm.
Sow the seeds of resilience (coping skills) - They recognise that life presents many challenges and that sometimes our ability to cope is stretched. We provide a supportive environment for co-farmers to explore their own sense of identity and self-belief through one to one and small group activities. Positive risk taking is supported in a real working environment full of challenges, surprises and learning opportunities associated within this safe and stimulating care farm.
Plough the way forward - They passionately believe that everybody, regardless of their starting point, should be given the opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to move forward in a positive direction. Co-farmers are supported to physically and emotionally develop a relationship with the land, the people and the work. This experience and the skills acquired can be taken forward into their lives beyond the Wellies On family.
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