Care Farmer Training

This section contains details about:

1. CEVAS care farmer training

Care farmer training via CEVAS

2. Training and support programme for care farmers offering services for people with dementia ** NOW CLOSED TO NEW APPLICANTS**

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.

3. Training and Support for care farmers wanting to develop a Country Men's Club on their care farm for men with conditions such as Parkinsons and dementia 

Future Roots Care Farm in Dorset has been awarded a grant from the Big Lottery Fund to expand their successful Country Men's Club across the UK. Future Roots are looking for 10 care farms across the UK to receive a programme of training in developing and running a Country Men's Club on their care farm.


CEVAS Training courses

If you are thinking of setting up a care farm or if you're a fairly new care farm, a CEVAS training course is a great place for you to start.

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 groups of school children, young people or clients with additional needs.

There are two available routes: an Educational Route that covers mainly school visits with educational aims and outcomes, and a Therapeutic Route for care farming that covers a wide range of visitors with mainly therapeutic aims and outcomes. 

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

CEVAS routes

Course dates (Therapeutic Route):

First day

Second day

Venue/location

Course code

 

Price

Booking (opens Google forms)

16th October

2018

17th October

201

Clynfyw Care Farm, Abercych,

Pembrokeshire SA37 0HF

     298

£180

incl. VAT

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Distance Learning Option

       DL

£300

incl. VAT

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We are planning to run more courses in the Midlands in Feb/March - do contact us if you are interested in these

For course content see here

To book a place or for more information and further dates visit the Access to Farms website or contact Ian Egginton-Metters by emailing cevas@face-online.org.uk or phone 01373 302204.


Training and bespoke support programme for care farmers already providing or wanting to provide services for people with dementia - 9 care Farms chosen to participate

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


**NEW** Training and support for care farmers wanting to develop a Country Men'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


 

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