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FarmAbility is a programme of the Farm Inspiration Trust (UK registered charity no. 1135282).

Our vision:
We believe that adults with autism and learning disabilities should have access to meaningful activities that improve their well-being and increase their independence, enabling them to participate actively in their communities.

What do we do?
FarmAbility is an outdoor, farm-based programme of purposeful and varied activities in animal husbandry, horticulture and seasonal tasks for ‘co-farmers’ (adults with autism and learning disabilities).  Supported by enthusiastic, experienced staff and volunteers, co-farmers gain a real sense of purpose and achievement, while building the practical and vocational skills they need to move forward in their lives.

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How do we do this?
We run the FarmAbility programme 4 days a week throughout the year.  We design a varied schedule of activities for each co-farmer, which we hope will bring both therapeutic and practical benefit, including the opportunity to gain credits towards a nationally recognised qualification (ASDAN).
Our community links are very important to the programme and to our co-farmers.  Contributing in a useful way to the local community, like packing eggs for our friends at the Food Bank, offers co-farmers the chance to be recognised for what they can do, and brings a sense of pride in the knowledge that they are helping others.  It is inspiring to think that co-farmers can create valuable links between a working farm and wider, worthwhile initiatives across Oxford, through charities like the Food Bank.