Care Farmer Training

This section contains details about 3 types of training: CEVAS; Country Men's Club and Dementia Training

1. CEVAS care farmer training

If you are thinking of setting up a care farm, have only recently started offering care farming services or have new members of staff that you'd like to bring up to speed, then a CEVAS training course is a great place for you to start. CEVAS is suitable for a wide range of people, including care farmers, care farm staff, volunteers, advisors and carers.

CEVAS stands for Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme which is a nationally recognised accreditation  The scheme offers training for individuals who are working – or plan to work – with a one or a range of individuals with additional or defined needs.

There are two available routes: a Therapeutic Route for care farming (structured, regular service as part of an individual's health or social care or specialist educational programme) that covers a wide range of visitors with largely therapeutic aims and outcomes and an Educational Route that predminantly covers school visits with educational aims and outcomes.

For details of course dates, locations and on how to book please click here 

Each route consists of three units, the first of which is common to both.

 

2. Training and support for care farmers wanting to develop a Country Man's Club for men with conditions such as Dementia and Parkinsons.

Care Farming UK is delighted to be able to share this exciting new programme of training designed and delivered by one of it's Code of Practice care farms Future Roots.

Future Roots provides an innovative health and social care service that uses farming to support the wellbeing of men with conditions such as Dementia and Parkinsons and has been awarded £370,000 to provide a working farm environment to many more participants. The organisation which is based on a working farm in Dorset aims to recruit and train ten other care farms, using a proven model of enablement and engagement. They already offer the opportunity for 40/50 men to socialise and pursue outdoor interests and retain skills in a suported club environment.

The expansion of Countrymen Clubs across Great Britain on existing care farms will enable likeminded peers to benefit from working together and access the outdoors as an alternative to the more traditional day care service. The aim of Future Roots has always been to offer person centred opportunities to enable people to engage in activities that will enhance wellbeing by stimulating the mind and body - the National Lottery funding will enable them to expand this unique concept to other parts of the country.

Future Roots would like to hear from farms who want to set up a Countrymen’s club especially those who already have experience of delivering services to the community, who are a member of Care Farming UK and working towards the care farming Code of Practice

For more information about the Countrymen’s club please visit www.futureroots.net and if you are interested in applying for a place to be part of this programme please contact Julie@futureroots.net

 

3. Training and support programme for care farmers offering services for people with dementia - 9 care farms chosen

Care Farming UK is working with Dementia Adventure again to provide a wonderful opportunity for 9 care farms across the UK to receive a 3-year programme of bespoke training and support to help them deliver more care farming activities for people with dementia. A grant from the Big Lottery Fund means that this training from Dementia Adventure will be free of charge for these care farms.

We are delighted to announce that Care Farming UK is working with Dementia Adventure again to provide a wonderful opportunity for 8 care farms across the UK to receive a 3-year programme of bespoke training and support - a social licence programme - to help them deliver more care farming activities for people with dementia. A grant from the Big Lottery Fund means that this training from Dementia Adventure will be free of charge for these 8 care farms.

What do care farmers get from being involved in the Dementia Adventure social licence programme?

Involvement in the social licence package will mean that over the 3 years, care farmers receive:

  • A face to face Introductory session – the ‘Development day’
  • A tailored package of training and support (through a mix of face to face and online delivery, allowing flexible scaling of learning which in turn can increase measurable impact on the ground).Content of the training and support will be adapted to meet the needs of the individual care farm
    • The training package may include the following modules:
      • Thinking Differently about Dementia  
      • Risky Business 
      • Dementia Friendly Walk leader    
      • Adventure leader training 
      • Train the trainer course  
      • Further bespoke training
  • An Annual review day for care farms, care homes and TCV projects taking part in the social licence programme  
  • Care farm staff (and volunteer) training and support days - delivered with other care farmers as much as possible, either online or face-to-face  
  • High quality, modular course material – branded pack, branded polo shirts, branded fleece and USB wristband of key documents, nature swatches, and certificates for each delegate. (Exact content of this box to be confirmed)  
  • The Dementia Adventure suite of logos (and guidance regarding their use on materials and projects locally)   
  • Remote support with business development and marketing - to support care farms to attract beneficiaries, customers, partners and social investment to create and sustain the activities on offer to people living with dementia   
  • Online access to specialist information resources from Dementia Adventure and support from other licensees through a members only area of the Dementia Adventure website and also a peer to peer Facebook group for all participants (– will include care homes, TCV groups etc as well as the other care farms)
  • Template documents 
  • Ongoing support from Dementia Adventure and Care Farming UK staff

What is expected from care farmers who take part in this programme?

Care farms will be involved for 3 years from October 2017 and will be expected to reach various milestones:

Year 1. (October 2017 until 31st March 2018)

Oct-Dec 2017

  • Attendance of 1 face to face, ‘Introduction to the project’ type gathering – the ‘Development day’  
  • Attendance of 1 face to face/online training session

Jan-Mar 2018

  • Running of 6 activities/sessions with people with dementia (2 people per session minimum)
  • Gathering data for the project (taking part in the evaluation – more on this later)

Year 2. (1st April 2018 -  31st March 2019)

  • Attendance of a minimum of 2 face to face/online training sessions (one of which is the annual review day)
  • Running of 12 activities with people with dementia (2 people per session minimum)
  • Gathering data for the project evaluation

Year 3. (1st April 2019 -  31st March 2020)

  • Attendance of a minimum of 2 face to face/online training sessions (one of which is the annual review day)
  • Running of 12 activities with people with dementia (2 people per session minimum)
  • Gathering data for the project evaluation

Please note - All places have now been filled

Care farms selected are: 

1.       Botton Social Farm  - N Yorkshire

2.       Gorfenna Care Farm - Cornwall

3.       Hall Farm, Eastoft – N Lincolnshire

4.       Lorica Trust - East Clayton Care Farm – W Sussex

5.       Battling On Care Farm - Merryhue Farm - Cornwall

6.       Mount Lodge Care Farm - Kent

7.       Pathways Care Farm - Suffolk

8.       Rural Care, Church Farm Ardeley - Hertfordshire

9.       Scrubditch Care Farm - Gloucestershire

 

 

Code of Practice

The Care Farming Code of Practice provides quality assurance for clients, commissioners and families alike.

Social Farms & Gardens is encouraging all care farmers to adopt the care farming Code of Practice.

 

For more information click here

Care Farm of the Month

Hall Farm, Eastoft in Lincolnshire works with adults & children of varying abilities

More info here

Email:mark@hallmarkfarming.co.uk