Social Farming Project a huge success

28/04/2016

Social Farming Project a huge success

Two family farms in partnership with Rural Area Partnership in Derry (RAPID) Ltd have embarked on a project to help change the lives of people living with disabilities in the Western Trust areas of Derry, Strabane and Omagh.

Gortilea Social Farm in Claudy and Butterlope Farm in Plumbridge bring participants on to the farm to assist in the day to day activities of the farm including animal care, land management, maintaining accommodation, horticulture and all aspects of farm life. 

Rosaleen Harkin, Western Trust Assistant Director Adult Learning Disability Services said: ”The Western Trust is delighted to support the SoFarm project and wish the two family farms in Claudy and Plumbridge every success in the future. This Social Farming Project improves participants’ physical and mental health and develops their social skills as well as achieving qualifications in a supported environment. The focus of the project is to use Social Farming to enable people with disabilities to achieve their aspirations and play a fuller role in society by undertaking training on the Social Farms and through RAPID which is a LANTRA training centre.”

Gavin Rodgers a participant at Butterlope Farm in Plumbridge said: “I love coming to the farm and working with the animals especially the cows and sheep.  I have learnt lots about how to look after sheep and even how to help them lamb.”