Anyone with a defined need can benefit from care farming. A defined need could be a clinical diagnosis, a social care need or an educational need.
Care farms often provide services for:
People with mental ill-health or dementia
Adults and children with learning disabilities or with ASD
People with a drug or alcohol addiction history
Children excluded from school or on Alternative Provision
Ex-service personnel with PTSD
Around 250 care farms provide services for an estimated total of 8,750 service users per week across the UK. Care farming is becoming more widely recognised as an effective service by health, specialist education and social care commissioners.
All sorts of organisations refer people to care farms – from social services, Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) and Alternative Provision Institutions (APIs) to GPs and families.