Greenslate Community Farm

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Providing therapeutic services and cultivating wellbeing in Wigan

Organisation type

Mental health and wellbeing

Grant amount

£103,000

Award date

2014

Every planted field, box of eggs and busy allotment at Greenslate Farm is a testament to what a community can do when they have a vision and the drive to make it happen.

The community farm began in 2013 when a local group, Billinge and Orrell in Transition, took on the lease of an overgrown 17 acre council site outside Wigan . They turned the site into a community farm which now covers some 30 acres. An enthusiastic team of volunteers are transforming the site a viable farm with crops, livestock, a market garden and managed woodland. Many of their volunteers are vulnerable or socially excluded individuals. The farm provides a supportive environment for them to grow in confidence and recover a sense of belonging to the community.

Greenslate includes a care farm, through which a range of therapeutic services are provided for socially excluded adults, many of whom are referred to the farm from local social services and healthcare professionals.

In February 2015, the farm received grant funding for the development of a new straw-bale building that will allow it to extend its training and support services and create a community business hub.

Because of Power to Change’s funding, we’ll have the people we need in place to see the straw bale project through and to help us move towards long term sustainability

Mandy Wellens-Bray – Project Co-ordinator

Key objectives & Outcomes

Grant purpose

Revenue funding will support a short-term project management post, a volunteer coordinator and related expenses to ensure success of a capital build project that will make the farm more sustainable

Accountable to the local community

The farm is community owned and local people influence the organisations plans, future and management. Consultation take place through formal steering groups and the AGM, as well as informally through regular community events, including GreenFest

Improving health and wellbeing

The farm provides a wide range of training and therapeutic services for local groups and offers specialist programmes for people with learning disabilities, mental health and substance misuse issues