25 June 2019
Our favourite cuddly bear was out on his travels recently and paid a visit to a group of great people doing amazing work in the community who have been selected as one of our nominated charities for 2019.
A working farm since the 17th Century and located of the A12 near Millennium Way, Pathways Care Farm was set up to provide a safe and productive space for those experiencing dementia and other mental health issues, helping them discover a sense of peace and belonging through gardening and animal care.
Activities include vegetable growing, flower care, animal wellbeing and a peaceful sensory garden, where visitors can tend to the flower beds and enjoy the surroundings. Referrals are made through social and health care services, teachers, parents and even self-referrals. Participation at the farm helps individuals build self-esteem, increase confidence, improve social interaction and much more.
Charity founder Geoff Stevens enjoys offering support to the community. “Farms were at the heart of local communities especially in East Anglia. The great thing about working the land is it brings you together with like-minded individuals who share a love for the land and it gives you a chance to escape the stresses and pressures of everyday life, and with the physical effort it’s great for the body and the mind. We have had the privilege to help many people who seek a sense of community to rebuild their lives and offer them support through gardening and farm work. It is a truly rewarding experience and we are honoured to be part of the community”.
Pleasurewood Hills is proud to support Pathways Care Farm. For further information on the charity visit Pathways at the on the links below;
Donations can be made to Pathways Care Farm directly to help with their upkeep and new facilities. For queries including how to volunteer, call the team on 01502 219064.