Who is care farming for?

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 
  • Young people excluded from school or on Alternative Provision
  • Adults, young people or children with learning disabilities or with ASD
  • People living with dementia
  • Ex-service personnel with PTSD
  • People with a drug or alcohol addiction history

Around 300 care farms provide an estimated total of 10,200 places 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, community mental health teams, schools, Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) and Alternative Provision Institutions (APIs) to GPs, probation services and families.

Find out more about different care farming services and how they help people.

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