There are two different ways to be referred to Clinks Care Farm. It will depend on your individual circumstances which one is appropriate. Please contact us if you are unsure.
Farming on Prescription – Primary Care Referrals.
This innovative project was launched in 2010. GPs, the Wellbeing Service and other health and social care professionals in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area can refer patients with mild/moderate mental health issues and some physical health problems to Clinks Care Farm for a 12 week programme one day a week. This project is only accessible to those who have a GP in Great Yarmouth or Waveney and are not receiving care from mental health services.
Clinks Care farm offers you the opportunity to participate in meaningful activity, either on the farm or in the market garden, in a supportive and therapeutic environment. Those who have participated in the programme tell us that their appetite and sleeping patterns have improved, that their mood has improved and that their confidence and self-esteem has increased. Many of those who have completed the project have been successful securing paid employment, accessing volunteering positions or returning to education.
“Since being at Clinks Farm my general mood, anxiety and depression have all improved. I now feel more confident and have also started to grow my own vegetables at home.”
“the placement has given me the confidence I needed to register with an employment .agency”
Secondary Care referrals
We also offer day care placements to people, from different age groups and health conditions. Gardening and looking after animals can improve physical health and mental well-being. It also provides structure, routine and respite. We offer placements to those recovering from mental ill health, adults with learning difficulties, autistic spectrum disorder, brain injuries, early onset dementia and people recovering from physical health problems.
Referrals can be made by health and social care professionals, parents and carers. If you already have a personal budget in place you are also able to self-refer. Placement fees are dependent on the level of support required and start at £60.00 per day. We also offer a free of charge taster session to help you decide if you’d like to join us.
“ Really had a lovely day…..we all mucked in and laughed and talked….thank you to everyone.”
“Not only have I gained a lot of experience with livestock and vegetables, the farm has also helped me with my fear of groups and meeting new people. I have had a lot of fun on the farm, I will miss it.”
Please complete the appropriate referral form with as much detail as possible and either email or post it to us, all the details are on the form. As soon as we receive your form we will contact you to arrange a convenient time and date to visit us and have a look around. Please make sure that you have checked all the criteria at the top of the referral form to ensure this is the right project for you.