Learning Disability Placements
Supported placements offer a variety of stimulating and interesting experiences 'tailor made' to individuals interests, support needs and abilities. Individuals can choose to concentrate on one main area or 'pick and mix' between areas and activities. Individuals work in small groups supported by experienced staff; all staff have enhanced DBS checks.
Our support staff have experience of working with a wide range of people with learning disabilities who may also have physical and/or mental health support needs. Individuals receive training and experience in activity subjects but also offer the opportunity to support individuals to develop/increase social and personal skills and promote social inclusion. Placements give the opportunity to learn to work in groups and cooperatively, develop increased self-confidence and assertiveness, being safe and 'street smart', independent living, mixing with others (visitors, children, teenagers, customers, volunteers, peers), making choices and decisions.
By working outside and doing physical work, placements often also benefit and improve individual’s health and fitness, develop mobility and dexterity. Staff also include healthy eating and diet as part of placements.
Arts and Crafts
A wide range of crafts to make to take home or make for sale in our farm shop. Past projects include glass painting, making decorative bags, painting, decoupage, jewellery, beads, clay, mosaics, lantern making, papier Mache, fabric painting, card making, sewing and embroidery.
The group cook a wide range of recipes from Chinese, Mexican, Caribbean, Italian and Curry to British classics like shepherd’s pie and high tea. Although we do cook some tasty sweets and desserts the group focuses on healthy eating - buying and using fresh ingredients, using healthy recipes and understanding how to eat a balanced diet (reading and understanding food labels, salt and sugar contents in food, five a day, portions).
Drumming and jamming
The session is based around taiko drums and can accommodate all levels of musical ability, the sessions are noisy and fun - for people who don’t like drums there is a choice of guitars and percussion instruments.
We have had two work placement students, Steve and Emily, come for 8 weeks over the Summer from Sheffield Hallam University and they created, with the help of the group, this amazing music wall.
Most activities are based at our main site, individuals can work with the staff on our busy garden centre or work with support staff in our quieter poly tunnels and gardens. Activities include composting, cuttings, pricking out, seed sowing, potting on, weeding, digging, planting out, watering, harvesting, working with vegetables, herbs, wild flowers and bedding plants. We are peat free and where possible use organic and environmentally friendly gardening practices.
This group is responsible for helping to keep the main site looking neat and tidy; activities include strimming, mowing, hedge cutting and weeding. The group also take on big projects to improve the facilities at the farm; past projects include building a goat shelter with a grass roof which the animals can climb and play on, a new picnic garden with woodland play area for the farm cafe and an outdoor classroom space.
The group work with the farm composting team, helping mix and make compost and to bag up customer orders of manure and compost; they go out on the farm van delivering across Sheffield every Friday and treat themselves, after a hard morning delivering, to fish and chips from the local chippy. On Fridays the group also collect cardboard from local businesses which is then shredded in our industrial shredder every Tuesday to make animal bedding which we can use on the farm and sell on our garden centre.
We have activities to suit all players; football, pool, table tennis, badminton, cricket, rounders for players with limited mobility we have boccia, board games and Xbox connect.
Members of the woodwork group can work on personal projects to take home - past projects have included book shelves, CD racks, a wooden train and model aeroplanes or group projects. The group does a lot of fixing and mending for the main site and also making stuff to sell on the garden centre or for customer orders. We have made chicken, rabbit and guinea pig hutches / runs, bird boxes and bat boxes, bug hotels, garden benches and planters, decorative bird feeders and wooden toys and garden equipment.