Future Roots – Whitfield
Future Roots was established in 2008 as a social enterprise ‘care farm’.
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At Future Roots , agriculture provides a basis for education and therapy for young people experiencing challenges in their life, especially those experiencing mental ill health.
The farm offers a safe environment for young people experiencing anger, behavioural or social problems to express their emotions, with trained staff on hand to offer support and advice.
Whitfield had previously offered their scheme to Education Learning Centres and to schools catering for young people with special educational needs, but wanted to expand the provision to young people experiencing difficulties that were attending mainstream schools. They also wanted to offer alternative activities to develop work and life skills by introducing training programmes that would help prepare the young people for adult life.
They received a Safer Dorset Fund Community Grant of £1457 has enabled them to provide a transition service for young people preparing to leave care, who had been identified as suitable due to addional needs. These young people were given lessons in life skills such as cooking, food hygiene and health and safety.
A referral service has been established for Dorchester and Weymouth Learning Centres , plus a series of work days were provided to the Community Payback Team for reparation work.
The project was publicised in the local area via email to refferers and and a leaflet distributed widely in the area .
At the end of the funded period some of the young people that had enjoyed the Blacksmithing element of the course have expressed an interest in undertaking training in Blacksmithing at college.Comments from participants inlcuded :
"I have learned so much - I cant believe I got first aid and food hygiene training"
"I want to come back when I have had my baby "
Find out more about Future Roots and the work they do.