Care farming for mental health


This course is an introduction to working on a care farm or other green care site with people who are living with mental ill health and is available as a one day face to face course or an online blended learning version which takes place over two weeks.

More details:

The care farming for mental health course will explore how care farming can meet the needs of those with living with mental ill health. The course will investigate how to assess local demand for this provision and how to establish relationships with potential referrers. Participants will learn the specific benefits of care farming for this service user group and how to create activity sessions that will help to bring these about and support recovery. Participants will investigate how these sessions will fit into a typical day,  how to plan over a longer period and how to tackle assessment, attendance, outcomes and progression.   The specific needs of this group regarding engagement, group dynamics and building resilience will also be discussed, together with developing your farm site to make it accessible and compatible for activities and users. There will also be signposting to  further information and how Social Farms & Gardens support the expansion of care farming through the Growing Care Farming resources and the care farming Code of Practice. This course is delivered for GCF by ThriveLearn with input from experienced care farming practitioners.

This course is relevant for care farmers, prospective care farmers and green care providers who would like to offer regular, structured services to people with mental ill health as part of a health, social care or education programme.

One-day face to face option:

The one day face to face course is held on a Code of Practice care farm or green care site. The day starts at 9.30 am and finishes at 4.00 - 4.30pm with lunch included. Four care farming for mental health face to face courses will be held per year with the geographical location rotating around the country. 


**All our face to face training is currently on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions **

** NEW** Blended learning version:

The blended learning option provides the flexibility to enable participants to work through engaging learning material in their own time combined with live events where they can interact with each other, course tutors and care farming practitioners. Courses represent 7-10 hours learning and 'go live' on the Friday of week one, and finish two weeks later on the Friday of week 2. The schedule can be found here

The cost of the course is usually £110 but through the Growing Care Farming project we can offer the course at a subsidised rate of £50


  • Course starts Friday 7th January 2022 (with live events on 14th or 18th Jan), course ends Friday 21st January More details and booking

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