Why come to Clinks Care Farm?
Coming to Clinks Care Farm may be part of your day care provision and you will have the opportunity to develop a variety of practical skills, social skills and work towards independence and possibly employment.
Whatever your disability or reason for wanting to come to Clinks Care Farm, what’s important is that you are keen to get stuck in with the activities on the farm. Our focus is not so much on your disability but more on your abilities and we would love you to come along and get involved.
We offer placements to people with
- Mental health issues
- Physical health issues
- Learning difficulties
- Autistic spectrum disorders
- Brain injuries
- Young people who are struggling in mainstream education (year 10 onwards)
What activities are available?
Animal husbandry – feeding, mucking out, egg collection and sorting, check and manage animal welfare, moving animals around the farm
- Market gardening – sowing, propagation, weeding, working in poly tunnels and I market garden, soil improvement
- Using tools and machinery – Operating tractors, strimmers, mowers and hand tools
Farm maintenance – fencing, grass cutting, hedge cutting, maintaining animal housing
Vegetable preparation – picking/lifting vegetables using a variety of tools, preparing veg for market, making chutneys
Retail – help in the barn shop, at farmers markets and with deliveries
Conservation work – planting trees, pruning, mulching
Due to the fact that Clinks Farm is a working farm, we can’t take referrals for people with significant mobility problems or people who require 1:1 support from staff on the farm. If you are not sure whether your referral fit the criteria, please contact Clinks Care Farm to discuss your referral.
How do I get referred to CCF?
A social worker or (mental) health professional can refer. We recommend that they contact the farm first for an initial discussion. Placements are often funded through a personal budget. Clinks Care Farm is accredited by Norfolk County Council and Suffolk County Council social care services, who assess people for a personal budget and finance this.
Click below to download a generic referral form or fill in one online. Once we have received a referral, we will organise a visit to the farm for you to come and have look around. If a placement seems appropriate, we will offer a taster day, for you to come and try it out for yourself.
If you have mental health issues and they are not severe enough to receive help from the mental health service you may want to try Farm Therapy instead.
Other Placement Options
You can help support the work we do…
We are a non-profit social enterprise that aims to provide the best in education and care in a working farm environment.
If you wish to help support us then please consider donating or becoming a Friend of Clinks Care Farm.