"Care Farming is an inspirational and enjoyable activity which improves lives, raises aspirations and builds confidence for individuals with all sorts of disabilities and health challenges. Staffordshire County Council sees the success of Care Farming and the greater use of of direct payments as crucial to people maintaining control over their lives with more choice and greater independence"

Matthew Ellis Cabinet Member Adults and Wellbeing, Staffordshire County Council.

Sherratts Wood are on Staffordshire Cares Purple Pages!

The way people in Staffordshire buy care services is changing, and in the summer of 2011 a new "shop window" called the Purple Pages will be launched. This is a web based tool to help people find the most appropriate care services for their needs and will be the main point of contact between care providers and individuals on direct payments and personalised care budgets. Sherratts Wood is included alongside the Staffordshire Care Farming Co-operative so there are several ways that we can be found on the system. See http://www.staffordshirecarespurplepages.info/

Disabled Access Mini-bus for Sherratts Wood

We are delighted to thank our partners, Trent and Dove Housing Association and Staffordshire County Council for providing us with the funding to purchase a disabled access minibus. The mini bus can seat up to 10 people plus a wheel chair and has a fully automated wheelchair lift installed. We are delighted to be able to offer transport to people wishing to become a Day-farmer at Sherratts Wood.

Senior Health and Social Care Endorsement

Following a very successful visit to Sherratts Wood Farm during the Winter we have been working closely with Cllr Matthew Ellis, Cabinet Member for Adults and Wellbeing at Staffordshire County Council to further the cause of Care Farming across Staffordshire. Matthew and other senior personnel, including Neil Carr of South Staffordshire & Shropshire Foundation Trust and Ian James of the Joint Commissioning Unit have endorsed the benefits that can be achieved for a wide range of individuals though care farming activities. We are all now working hard to ensure that the care farming message reaches the individuals who would benefit from it most.

Sherratts Wood Is Open For Business!

Over the last few months we have undertaken at lot of consultation with different groups who may engage with the farming environment at Sherratts Wood to make sure we get the range of activities just right.

On 13th October we hosted our first group of Day-Farmers, Adults with Learning difficulties working with our partners at Choices Housing Association based in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Nigel Downs, Deputy Chief Executive at Choices Housing, comments.
"This has the potential to be an absolutely fabulous resource with so much potential for our service users. We are only too pleased to support this venture as it will offer something totally different in terms of delivering recreational as well as health and well being outcomes. Nigel went on to say. "We need this kind of facility to extend the service offer to our customers and we look forward to developing a long and positive relationship with Sherratts Wood Farm".

Brendon visits his Porcine Hero down on Jimmys Farm Well I thought if I'm going to follow my dream of following in the footsteps of Jimmy Doherty, what better way of learning the ropes than spending some time volunteering to look after the pigs for a weekend down on Jimmy's Farm. Based in Ipswich – Jimmys televised series on BBC documented his journey in establishing a farm to safeguard the future of the rare breed essex pig. Under the beady eye of Andy Greare, the stockman on Jimmys Farm, we began the daily routine of feeding and checking, oh and of course chasing and herding the escapees. It appears that no matter how secure your fencing these most intelligent creatures will always find a way to get the better of you. What have I let myself in for? It was a weekend of extremes - During my visit I was privileged in witnessing the birth of 2 litters of piglets, and the next day preparing to transport pigs to the slaughter house. That is the very real world of Pig Farming, but all the more ethical because of the impeccable high standards of animal welfare, outdoor rearing and significance of supporting the Rare breeds. It was all the more exciting as I bought my very first breeding saddleback sow from the variety of breeds which are resident on Jimmys Farm. I hope to continue our association and success over the years to come!