Farms as community-based support for people with needs

Avondhu Blackwater Partnership are looking for farming families to register their interest in becoming hosts on a pilot social farming project in Co Cork.

Farms as community-based support for people with needs

Avondhu Blackwater Partnership are looking for farming families to register their interest in becoming hosts on a pilot social farming project in Co Cork.

Participants are invited from all types of farms, including suckler and dairy herds, equestrian, tillage, goats, sheep, and many other mixed farm enterprises.

Social farming creates the opportunity to reconnect farmers with their local communities, through opening up of their farms as a community-based support for a range of people with many different needs.

There are a number of benefits to farmers who have participated in social farming projects, including a strong sense of personal satisfaction from seeing the difference in participants’ lives, and development of new friendships and connections which help to reduce the isolation that can be a difficulty faced by many farmers.

People who have successfully engaged in social farming activities include people experiencing mental health difficulties, people with disabilities (intellectual, physical and sensory), older people, refugees, people availing of drug/alcohol rehabilitation services, people with dementia, and those in the justice system.

This social farming model has operated successfully throughout Ireland since 2016, and Avondhu Blackwater Partnership are excited to be involved in this pilot project.

An information evening will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, February 25, at Avondhu Blackwater Partnership, The Mill, Castletownroche, Co Cork.

Interested farmers and their families are invited to contact Mary Gubbins of Avondhu Blackwater Partnership on (022) 46580 or email maryg@avondhublackwater.com for further details and/ or to confirm attendance at the information evening.

Avondhu Blackwater Partnership delivers the Rural Development Programme, Local Community Development Programme, Community Services Programme, Rural Social Scheme, and TÚS.

The objectives of the organisation include community animation, project facilitation, project administration, and training and community integration within the remit of the various funding programmes implemented.

A key function of Avondhu Blackwater Partnership is to establish or to support initiatives directed towards sustainable community development. The organisation has been responsible for drawing more than €45 million of programme aid into the Avondhu Blackwater area of operation.

Participants are invited from all types of farms, including suckler and dairy herds, equestrian, tillage, goats, sheep, and many other mixed farm enterprises.

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