Musical instrument boost at Cleobury Mortimer care farm

Kidderminster Shuttle: MAKING A DIFFERNCE: Service users at last year's woodcraft days. MAKING A DIFFERNCE: Service users at last year's woodcraft days.

A SOCIAL enterprise in Cleobury Mortimer is offering free woodcraft courses for people with learning difficulties or mental health problems thanks to a grant from The Big Lottery Fund.

Nineveh Ridge Care Farm will be holding the sessions to help people make their own musical instruments for an outdoor music area at the farm called the Nineveh Jamboree Patch.

Manager Pippa Bannister said: "We are creating a big outside music area with a wheelchair-friendly surface, attractive fencing, benches, and two ginormous ready-made instruments.

"During the year we will be inviting service users with learning disabilities to come and make instruments with us, some to take home, and some to use here. Then, come the autumn, we can invite the public to come and listen to a musical Jamboree."

Last year, thanks to a grant from the European Social Fund, the farm was able to offer free woodcraft days to 84 people.

Mrs Bannister added: "We’ve taken a tranquil farm setting, added some lovely wooden cabins, and some dynamic and well-trained staff, and made it suitable and accessible to adults with even quite severe learning or physical disabilities.

"We have a craft and woodwork cabin, a disabled garden area, raised beds for vegetables, a homely main cabin, a music shed, a petting shed full of rabbits and a wide variety of friendly farm animals to nurture and enjoy."

The farm is also appealing for help to buy a second-hand minibus for service users who have no means of transport.

Mrs Bannister is asking local businesses to sponsor part of a minibus and as a 'thank you', the farm will spray the minibus featuring each sponsor's name and logo.

For more information email ninevehridge@gmail.com or call 01299 832864

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