Learning difficulties

The City Farm is an accepting and supportive environment where we are committed to providing opportunities for people with learning difficulties. Our staff team have the skills to offer appropriate levels of support and everyone is treated with respect and valued for their contribution. Through animal care, gardening and other practical activities individuals can learn new skills, improve their health and wellbeing and develop confidence and independence.

Nicky and a service userWhat we offer

  • We can design and deliver farming, gardening, cooking or craft groups for organisations who are supporting people with learning difficulties such as residential facilities or schools.
  • We offer individual ‘Farm Placements’ (see below for prices) for people who are able to self fund through direct payments or from their own PIP payments or under the new CSS framework.

For more details email sam.lloydsmith@windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk.

Placement costs

The City Farm’s placements are run by experienced staff on a unique site with a wealth of resources – this means that places are very popular. If you would like to book a placement, the cost will be as follows:

Session typeTimeSelf-Funded Cost
Full day9.30 am to 3.30pmfrom £50 and £75 depending on support needs
Half day9.30am to 12.30pm
or
12.30pm to 3.30pm
from £30 and £45 depending on support needs

Placements can be arranged through individual ‘personal payments’, referrals through Bristol City Council’s day care services or from North Somerset. In some cases people may be eligible for a ‘personal budget’ from the local authority. To find out if you are eligible for funding, contact Care Direct on 0117 922 2700 or email adult.care@bristol.gov.uk to ask for an assessment.

Please note that participants are expected to make their own way to and from the City Farm. Support for transport may be available as part of a care plan.

To find out more about the opportunities contact Sam Lloyd-Smith or Lizzie Spencer on 0117 963 3252 or email sam.lloydsmith@windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk or lizzie.spencer@windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk.

Our model is a mixture of block funding from Bristol City Council, charitable funding, direct payments, self funding or funding from other organisations.