A CARE farm which promotes physical and mental well-being will be celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Acton Mill Care Farm was set up by Rosemary Hooper as a therapeutic centre for people with disabilities and mental health problems.

The aim of the centre enables students to learn about animal care in a sensory environment and develop their social skills and encourage friendships.

Lewis Hooper, aged 29 said: “We take people who struggle to get out of bed in the morning. However, since our students have come to us they feel inspired.

“We aim to promote the physical and mental wellbeing of our students by providing an opportunity to be creative and caring, whilst exploring ideas through the therapeutic qualities of a rural working environment.


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“Our philosophy is to provide an enjoyable learning opportunity. This is designed to promote each individual’s personal development, encouraging independence, autonomy and self-discipline.”

There is an array of animals based at the farm where students can interact to promote well-being. There are sheep, donkeys, cows, horses, dogs, goats, pigs, chickens and rabbits.

Mr Hooper added: “We’re inspired to help people in a beautiful setting where they can enjoy the animals and have some fun.

“Our aim is the make a positive difference to people’s lives. As long as there is a smile on everyone’s face then we are doing our job right.”

The farm, which is based in Suckley, near Malvern, caters for around 60 people who visit each week, some of whom have been referred from schools.

There are currently individuals who visit the farm from the age of six to 72.

Acton Mill offers students the chance to enrol on courses should they want to gain a qualification. They offer courses in animal care, land-based studies and skills for working life.

Individuals are involved in a daily structure, whilst developing their skillset within the natural environment.

Students can learn how to plant fruit, vegetables and flowers, nurturing them while they grow.

They can also get involved with cooking the fresh produce that are grown at the farm, as well as baking.

The centre will celebrate a decade of providing care on September 21 where students and their carers can enjoy a party with a BBQ and music.