Through care farming we at Brynmawr aim for individuals to realise their full potential, whatever disadvantages life has thrown at them. We believe that engaging with and caring for animals, tending to plants and vegetables and performing simple productive tasks can help an individual to address their emotional, social and educational needs, growing and learning through farm activities.
This applies to all children and adults, whether they have mental health issues, difficulty remaining in a school or other life problems. Older children and adults will also gain from basic work experience and all will develop some practical skills.
Animal husbandry, particularly handling sheep,and caring for the chickens and cattle. Simple machine maintenance and tractor driving. Also old fashion skills such as stonewalling and hedgelaying. These are examples of just some of many farm activities.
We aim to provide consistency and confidence by: Building a positive attitude to learning. Ensuring regular visits. Building confidence and rapport with the same animals. Learning with regular tasks but adding to them at every visit and be non threatening and non judgemental.
We encourage users to see the benefits of their efforts, giving confidence and self worth as well as providing skills and experience.
‘TO CARE RATHER THAN BE CARED FOR’