Down on the farm…
With wind in the hair and sun on the back, or rain, wellies and puddles, the Farm and community-based skills development training projects are available for referred participants and clients across levels one, two and three of our services.
Developing Skills for Life
The Work Skills training project is a Social Enterprise based at Oldfield Farm and Norman Wood Farm, which are adjoined in the beautiful Goyt Valley. Participant ‘ownership’ is the key to success – which is why we encourage participants to become involved with planning as well as participating in the various activities. Working with specialists and experts, choose from a number of enterprises that enhance skills in an atmosphere of fun and a great sense of achievement:
- Woodland management – care for our trees and woodlands.
- Drystone walling – a dying skill that is very important to the natural environment.
- Woodwork skills – turn rough timber into beautiful and functional items
- Fence building/maintenance – keeping our animals’ safe
- Conservation – actively caring for the insects, animals and wild plants in our care
- Horticulture – or grow your own salad lunch and flowers for the garden
- Animal husbandry – horses, chickens and sheep all need your love and attention
- Equestrian skills – from mucking out and feeding to riding in the beautiful countryside
Our projects aim to strengthen the way we work with our participants by creating: –
- More relaxed, but effective training opportunities and experience for all
- Developing opportunities to generate additional income towards the core costs of the organisation
- Developing sustainable micro businesses from our current and new activities.
- Creating the opportunity to enhance self-worth and real achievement and success
We welcome referrals for the projects from a variety of agencies including Probation and the Community Mental Health Team or from individuals themselves.
We have opened a small and friendly Livery Yard at our farm in the Goyt Valley. There are 17 acres of grassland with securely fenced boundaries and electric fenced paddocks, American Barn stables and a riding track. There is also use of an indoor round pen and plenty of off road riding straight from the farm. Please speak to Hazel Guest by phoning 01298 24761 or emailing email@example.com for more details.