How can I get involved?

Q: How do I get myself a place at Gorfenna?

A: Referrals can be made by health and social care professionals and carers. It is also possible for a person to self-refer.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: Our fees are around £40 per day, but will depend on the level of support a person may need. If you have a personal budget in place to purchase your day care, you or a carer may also make a referral. We also offer a free of charge taster session to help you decide if you’d like to join us.

Q: What do I get for a day?

A: Our day opportunities will help you:

  • encourage personal development
  • enjoy the outdoors
  • develop new skills
  • make new friends
  • be part of a team
  • grow and cook healthy food
  • keep fit and active

You will get the opportunity to experience and appropriate instruction in a small, safe, secure and friendly setting:

  • some aspects of farming, horticulture, livestock care and farming, or
  • a variety of crafting projects or
  • working with wood in our extensive workshop

It stretches and challenges each individual in an appropriate manner and almost always leads to better mood and appetite, better sleep patterns and a sense of personal satisfaction in something worthwhile having been achieved.

Q: Will I just be another person?

A: No, you will be a valued individual to us and we offer individual time and support in achieving goals and realistic targets by providing meaningful activities and in a safe, structured, supervised environment.

Q: How does it help?

A: There is a well-established and growing body of evidence that shows that spending time hands-on with plants and animals can make a noticeable difference to your well-being. Some of the benefits include:

  • Increased self-esteem
  • Improved social interaction
  • Enhanced confidence
  • Developing awareness of well-being
  • Working individually and as part of a team
  • Preventing deterioration in many conditions

Gardening and looking after animals can improve physical health and mental well-being.  It also provides structure, routine and respite.  It confirms something that we already knew – that time spent with other people in a natural environment will only do you good.