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Charity 2019 (FarmAbility)

Doing | Belonging | Becoming: social farming in Oxfordshire

FarmAbility is thrilled and proud to be the chosen charity of the SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials 2019. 

FarmAbility co-farmers are people with learning disabilities and autism who contribute in different ways to farms and growing spaces across Oxfordshire. While learning practical skills in animal care, vegetable growing, woodworking and other farm-based activities, co-farmers demonstrate that disability shouldn’t prevent you doing things you enjoy, belonging to a friendly and productive team, or becoming a thriving, active member of society.

We want to see an inclusive society where people with disabilities lead fulfilling lives in their community. Co-farmers face a number of challenges in their lives: at FarmAbility we tackle the barriers they face to having a regular, meaningful occupation with all the benefit to physical health, mental well-being and social connectivity that this brings. FarmAbility offers outdoor activities inspired by the rich combination of nature, animals, fresh air and physical exercise to engage people with differing abilities and needs. Our focus is on small group work, where ‘enabling’ is more important than ‘supporting’.

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man” Winston Churchill

We’re lucky to have three beautiful horses - Dahrish, Monty and Marlene. While they won’t win prizes for show jumping or dressage, our horses have a gold medal in helping co-farmers to reduce anxiety levels, build confidence and skills, and contribute in a meaningful way to the welfare of our four-legged friends. Horse care and equine therapy sessions are very popular at FarmAbility, facilitated by our fantastic volunteers.

In the lead-up to the SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials 2019, co-farmers will be assisting the events team in building fences and arenas and helping with other practical tasks. Being involved in this way with such a prestigious event is a brilliant opportunity for all of us at FarmAbility, and we’re looking forward to meeting event goers and to being part of the excitement in September!

If you’d like to learn more about FarmAbility, please visit www.farmability.org.uk

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