Hall Farm is a Care Farm in Eastoft, North Lincolnshire for adults and children with various special needs and mental health conditions. It also a working farm, rearing pigs, and growing cereals, as well as hosting school trips for all ages. We want to engage and empower young people and adults to realise their potential. In getting active, and learning new skills, and making new friends, we hope to improve the health and wellbeing of people with special educational needs, mental health issues, and physical disabilities. Studies have shown that animals can be therapeutic, we think this especially applies to alpacas due to their calm, friendly nature, which is great for care farming! We have 11 in total: Lauren, Cella, Tessie, Susan, Sidney, Otis, Miley, Sean, Paul, Freddie and Margaret. We've also found that our 20+ chickens have been great- their size and familiarity make them much less intimidating than a brand new animal like an alpaca. We firmly believe that animals don't judge- we are all the same and equal to them, and that's why we love them so much!
- 1 March 2018
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Local DAA Members, Recreation
- Local Alliances:
- North Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?
Hall Farm has been selected to take part in Dementia Adventure. The training will involve 3 years of being mentored through improving our services for people with dementia by the people who do it best!
Dementia Adventure help people living with dementia at all stages to get outside and be active, reminding them of the good that fresh air and contact with nature can do.
The training will help us improve our understanding of dementia, improve how we work with people, and improve the services we offer.
The services we are wanting to provide at various stages are:
Day services/ half day services
'Care Farm in a Box' to take to care homes
For day services we hope to be able to offer carers the choice to stay for a day out with their loved one, or have some respite for a few hours, in order to make things fit various needs. People who come would be taking care of the alpacas and chickens, gardening, growing produce, decorating, and going on nature walks. There's activities for every season, so as long as we wear a good coat, every season can be beautiful and beneficial!
Workshops will be seasonal and may include a whole variety of things such as wreath making, reminiscing sessions, needle felting, knitting, decorating, and much more. We'll keep you updated on these as and when they get arranged though so you won't miss them!
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Our challenges are that we are a working farm which means that providing disabled facilities such as toilets and access will be a challenge. This doesn't mean that we wont try though to assist people though to take part I our facilities.
Transport is also an issue, being based in rural North Lincolnshire public transport is limited. We will be trying to bid for funding to enable us to provide transport in the future.
All employees and volunteers will become Dementia Friends
All of our staff and volunteers have attended dementia friends sessions which enables us to have a greater understanding of the illness and how best we can support those who come to our farm. Any new volunteer who joins our team will be also become a dementia friend.
Open day event as part of Dementia Awareness WeekWe will hold an open day event at the farm and will encourage people with a dementia diagnosis to come along and sample the services that we offer. The event will be free of charge and we will work with other agencies to put on an event that people will enjoy. The event is planned for 23rd May 2018 which is halfway through Dementia Awareness Week.
Improving signage and co-ordinating our coloursWe will wherever possible improve the signage to our facilities such as toilets, the reception area ensuring that it is easy to understand and clearly visible. Following guidance from the Alzheimer’s Society, we will colour co-ordinate certain facilities such as our fields and raised follower beds so instead of us saying the top field we can give it a colour name. When we carry out improvements to the farm we will wherever possible ensure that we use colour appropriately such as toilet seats, grab rails etc so that they can be easily recognised.
- Initial Scoping