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Salisbury's Able Hands Together 'excited' about relocation

Salisbury's Able Hands Together 'excited' about relocation

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 7:59am 12th January 2020.

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'Co-farmers' from the Laverstock based Community Interest Company say they're looking forward to moving to their new site.

Able Hands Together is shifting its operations to Stoford in 2020, as they wanted somewhere safer, and more secure following a number of break-ins.

The new site at Little Wishford Farm has been gifted to them, to be run by adults with learning disabilities.

CO-FARMERS READY TO MOVE

As many of the adults working at Able Hands have diagnoses like autism and severe anxiety, as well as being less able to cope with change; the transition to Stoford has to be carefully managed.

They've been taking their team up to the new farm for regular visits and a 'questions board' has been set up for the co-farmers to raise any concerns about the move.

Able Hands Together Laverstock December 2019
The farm at Laverstock will be transferred to Stoford in the coming weeks

But overall, it's being seen as a really exciting prospect, as Lyndon explains: 

"I normally come here two days a week, and I come here to work with all the animals; grow our own vegetables; we do horticultural work and woodwork. Our new farm looks really nice and it's going to be something new to us guys and it's a nice place to be around."

Able Hands Together Laverstock December 2019
Lyndon has been going along to Able Hands Together for the last few years and loves it there!

Another co-farmer, James, says he's looking forward to the change: 

"I just love being at the farm with the people, they're so friendly. It's a nice atmosphere and when we're at the new place, I'll be absolutely fine. It'll be a bit more secure and people won't be able to take our things from Able Hands."

Able Hands Together Laverstock December 2019
Able Hands Together has been working from Laverstock since 2009

WHAT IS ABLE HANDS?

The idea behind the farm is to give adults with learning disabilities a chance to get hands on with activities.

Co-farmers go along Monday to Friday and use their Personal Independence Payments to fund their places.

It's described as a 'therapeutic farm', helping the team there to learn about daily routine and structure, while building their confidence in gaining new skills.

You can find out more on the Able Hands Together website.

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