The launch of 'Social Farming Ireland' took place on Tuesday, 1st October. We were joined by Andrew Chilton, Regional Development Officer, William McLaughlin, Social Farmer & two teachers from Gairmscoil Chu Bladh, Fintown who hope to replicate our success.This is the second year of this incredible programme. C.C.S were lucky to be offered this programme last year becoming the first Secondary School in Ireland to take part. 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.”
5th year LCA are the lucky pupils who will be attending a local farm belonging to William in Malin on Wednesdays and Thursdays for a period of six weeks. We wish them lots of luck, lots of muck and lots of hard work!