In order to raise the profile and promote the type of services provided by care farms - and to lobby on their behalf - we need to update the information we hold so we can create a more accurate picture of the sector across the UK. If you’re delivering care farming or wider green care services, we'd be really grateful if you could take the time to complete our Growing Care Farming 2020 survey. It won't take long and we will look forward to sharing what you have told us later in the spring.
The more care farms (and green care providers) that participate, the more accurate our data and the more credibility we will have to represent your needs to policy makers and funders.
You have until midnight on Sunday 23rd February to respond. As a thank you for filling out this survey, there is the opportunity for you to enter your organisation in our prize draw to win one of three cash prizes!
Social Farms & Gardens has a history of gathering information on the 'state of play' of the care farming (and green care) sector and of working closely with organisations providing these services. This is one of the key reasons that we were successful in securing the contract to deliver, in partnership with Thrive, the £1.4m Growing Care Farming project (GCF). GCF is part of the Government’s Children and Nature Programme (supported by Defra, funded by the Department of Education and managed by Natural England).
Growing Care Farming is a wonderful opportunity to transform the scale of the sector, creating more opportunities for both children and adults with a defined need, to benefit from health, social and specialist educational care services delivered by you. However, much has changed in terms of policy context, agriculture and the voluntary and community sector since our last survey and it's important to see how this has impacted on what you do and how you do it.
The information we collect will directly inform our work on the GCF project. We simply can't do it without you - so please help us to help you. Ultimately, the more we can do together to support the sector, the more people will have the opportunity to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the services care farms can provide.