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