From 2019, elderly, vulnerable, and isolated members of the Farm’s local community will be able to attend weekly Animal and Nature Wellbeing sessions.The sessions will work to increase social interaction and reduce isolation for participants through a mix of animal assisted interventions, sensory encounters with nature, creative engagement, and greencare activities. The sessions will utilise the well-documented benefits of animal-assisted intervention – a great catalyst for social interaction, providing sensory stimulation, gentle exercise and plenty of laughter, leading to new friendships and greater independence amongst more withdrawn participants.
Sessions will last 60-90 minutes, and may include:
- Exploration of sensory materials and sensory outdoor environments;
- Small animal handling and health checks – chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets;
- Gentle horticultural activities;
- Opportunities for reminiscence and socialising.
The Farm will manage and build upon the our extensive existing network of health and social care providers, developed during the six years delivery of our Furry Tales programme.
If you would like more information or to recommend someone to the programme, email firstname.lastname@example.org