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.