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(Farming UK) Bristol farm given £38k for urban farmers project

Thursday 2 February 2017

A Bristol city farm has been given £38,125 by the Masonic Charitable Foundation to support their Urban Farmers Project which works with disadvantaged young people from local schools. The project, at St Werburghs City Farm in Ashley Vale, works with teenagers who are among the 10 per cent most disadvantaged in the UK. The programme was set-up to engage young people in activities that support greater health, wellbeing and personal development. They are encouraged to learn a range of skills, working with the land and with animals, as well as conservation work and practical building projects. The young people are aged between 14 to 19, with many come from low-income families, are often at risk of exclusion from mainstream education or are so-called ‘NEETS’ being neither in employment, education or training. Some have learning difficulties, mental health concerns, physical disabilities or have been in trouble with the police.

The aim is to break cycles of negative behaviour among the young people and encourage them to finish their secondary education, enter higher education, find meaningful paid employment.

 

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