There is a new National initiative called ‘Social Farming in Ireland’ and C.C.S have been lucky enough to be offered this programme. It is a cross-border initiative which is being jointly funded by SFI and C.C.S. There is lots of information to be found on www.socialfarmingireland.com; below is the main statement about the programme.
“Social Farming is the practice of offering activity on family farms as a form of social support service. In Social Farming the farm remains a working farm at its core but invites people to participate in the day to day activities of the farm. Social Farming provides people who use services with the opportunity for inclusion, to increase self-esteem and to improve health and well-being. The farm is not a specialised treatment farm; rather it remains a typical working farm where people in need of support can benefit from participation in farm activities in a non- clinical environment.”
Six lucky pupils from 5th year LCA have been chosen as part of a pilot programme. Three pupils will attend a local farm belonging to William McLaughlin in Malin on Wednesday and Thursday for a period of eight weeks. We wish them lots of luck, lots of muck and lots of hard work!