|What We Do:
FarmBuddies, a Social Enterprise based near Petersfield, arrange for accompanied individuals and groups to visit farms one day a week to do a variety of regular farm jobs, including animal work, according to age choice and ability.
The concept, known as Social or Care Farming, is a new expanding opportunity now available across the South East region. Most sectors are catered for from Young People starting at 12 up to Older People over 70 with the onset of dementia. The outcomes from regular visits, usually over 12 weeks, are outstanding; they include improved confidence, self-esteem, work skills and knowledge as well as health benefits.
A typical day starts at 10am until 3pm with breaks for lunch and light refreshments. The cost varies depending on the farm but is usually £12 per hour or £60 per day, plus VAT if applicable. Limited grant funded places could also be available.