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The Sunflower Community Care Farm

The Sunflower Community Care Farm - using farming methods as therapy.

is a not for profit organisation using farming methods for therapy. 

There is robust evidence in support of Care Farming which shows that: 

“Spending time participating in care farm activities is effective in enhancing mood and improving self-esteem.  It can significantly reduce feelings of anger, confusion, depression, tension and fatigue.”

We are open five days a week, with six places each day on a 1:3 ratio.  Hoever, if you feel you need more support than this, you are welcome to bring a carer.  Sessions run from 9.30 am until 3 pm and we offer a pick up and drop off service to and from Melton.

Places are available either by referral from Suffolk County Council or privately.  Application forms can be downloaded from our website, where our current price list can also be found.

The farm is three and a half acres, surrounded by farmland and with direct access to Rendlesham forest.  There is a relaxed and happy atmosphere where people can feel a sense of purpose and gain confidence and independence. 

We have two horses, one miniature shetland pony, four goats (Pipkin was born on the farm in March 2018), chickens, guinea pigs, dogs, cats (who are a bit shy!) rabbits, several fish and there is also a growing number of other wildlife that frequent the farm! 

All our animals have been chosen for their friendly and calm temperaments.  May, one of our goats, will stand still for as long as she is receiving attention, and Maizie, one of the chocolate labs, will lie on your feet to prevent you moving away from her! 

Tilly, our miniature Shetland, is a bit of a free spirit and takes her job of keeping the grass down very seriously.  She wanders around the farm all day, sometimes asking to be in the field with the horses (which she is allowed to do) and sometimes asking to eat the goat feed (which she is not allowed to do!)

From time to time we have a ‘pop-up’ farm shop at the entrance to the farm where we sell our excess produce, eggs, kindling and manure to raise funds for the farm.

Activities may vary depending on the groups attending and the time of year, but the following are examples of things we do:

  • Feed the animals
  • Collect eggs
  • Walk the goats to eat weeds
  • Plant vegetables
  • Water plants in greenhouse
  • Clear stripped branches from goat field
  • Groom the horses and goats
  • Dust chickens for mites
  • Clip goats’ hooves
  • Sweep tack room
  • Mow grass
  • Weed beds
  • Clean tack
  • Walk the dogs and Tilly
  • Brush the dogs
  • Harvest vegetables
  • Clean out the animals
  • Pond dipping
  • When we have enough volunteers available, we also offer riding

Whilst there are plenty of activities to keep us busy all day long, taking time out to sit and pet an animal or listen to our ex-battery chickens cooing happily in their new home, is also an important part of our day.

Who to contact

Name
Tessa Amos
Position
Care Farm Manager/Managing Director
Telephone
07850 953351
Email
tessa@thesunflowercommunitycarefarm.org.uk
Website
http://www.thesunflowercommunitycarefarm.org.uk/
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Address
Neepawa Cottage
Ely Hill
Capel St Andrew
Woodbridge
Suffolk
Postcode
IP12 3NH

Where to go

Name
The Sunflower Community Care Farm
Address
Neepawa Cottage
Ely Hill
Capel St Andrew
Woodbridge
Suffolk
Postcode
IP12 3NH
Area served
Saxmundham, Ipswich, South Ipswich, Aldeburgh, Stowmarket, Southwold, Suffolk Coastal, Leiston, East Ipswich, Suffolk, Framlingham, North Ipswich, Woodbridge, Felixstowe
Venue Email
enquiries@thesunflowercommunitycarefarm.org.uk
Venue Website
http://www.thesunflowercommunitycarefarm.org.uk/
Parking available
Yes
Parking details
There is limited parking available
Transport
There is a community bus that can be booked to come to the farm. We offer a pick up and drop off service to and from Melton Station, by prior arrangement. Collection is 9.30 and drop off is 3.30 pm
Restrictions to access
There are no restrictions to access.
Notes

The farm is about 3 1/2 acres surrounded by farmland.  There is one large paddock where the horses and pony live, and a smaller paddock for the goats.  There is an enclosed area for the pond and another enclosed area for the chickens, rabbits and guinea-pigs.  There is an enclosed area with 6 raised beds.  There are two seating areas which accomodate about 8 people at each.  There is a sunken trampoline near the pond.  There is a workshop and a meeting room.  Three stables and a tack room.

Days & Times

The farm is open from 9.30 am until 3 pm
Time of day
Morning
Afternoon
Session Information
Sessions run from 9.30 am until 3 pm
five days a week
including school holidays.

Other details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£45 per session
£22.50 per half session
Cost Details
The half day sessions are for people with more complex needs and are generally with a view to moving to full days in the future.
Referral required?
No
Referral and availability notes

Referrals can be made via Suffolk County Council or privately.  Referral forms are available from our webiste.  Once we receive your completed application form, we will contact you to arrange a visit.

Age Groups
16-25 years, Children (5-11), Adults, Young people

Accreditation website
http://www.thesunflowercommunitycarefarm.org.uk/
Accreditation details
The care farm is accredited by Suffolk County Council and we have a CEVAS (Countryside Educational Visits Scheme) Accredited Person.

Notes

We cater for adults with disabilities and mental health issues and children with behavioural and emotional needs. 

Service users involved in planning
Yes
There is an element of choice involved at the care farm. Service users have an input into which activities we do.
Last Updated
12/08/2019

Local Offer Local Offer Record

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

Our staff and volunteers all have experience of working with people with SEND.  One member of staff is a primary school teacher who has worked with children with SEND.

Contact
Tessa Amos
Telephone
07850 953351
Email
tessa@thesunflowercommunitycarefarm.org.uk
Links
http://www.thesunflowercommunitycarefarm.org.uk/
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties
Mental health conditions
Physical disabilities
Sensory impairments

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