At Upper Moreton Rural Activities, we want everyone to be able to enjoy and access all our courses, some of which are supported through funding.
The Building Better Opportunities Programme 2017 – 2022
This programme is for any individual resident in Stafford or South Staffordshire and surrounding areas. This funded programme supports individuals towards further learning and employment. It is open to socially inactive and unemployed people, individuals experiencing mental ill-health or people who have a learning disability/difficulty. The course is funded through the Big Lottery and the European Social Fund under the Building Better Opportunities Programme. It is free of charge to attend.
Upper Moreton Rural Activities will be offering a ‘grassroots’ starting point, with ‘rolling’ ten-week courses, giving individuals the opportunity of learning new skills through working with animals, plants and the countryside. All courses are aimed at improving people’s confidence and motivation, through practical learning. Other organisations within the partnership will be able to offer individuals further information, advice and guidance.
The Countryside Project for Health and Well-Being Courses (Community Learning Funded Courses)
These courses are for people who enjoy being outdoors, enjoy gardening, are interested in animals and enjoy being in the countryside. Courses are based on the farm with lots of practical activities, both indoors and outdoors throughout the year.
The farm has rabbits/guinea pigs, donkeys, Shire horse, goats, cows, calves, sheep, pigs, dogs, ducks and hens. All the animals are very friendly, so do not worry if you are a newcomer to them. In the farm’s polytunnel you will learn how to keep plants healthy over the winter months. There will also be opportunities for walking in the countryside, healthy eating and cooking, floristry craft, willow craft, woodwork and old farm machinery restoration.
You will be given lots of choice and all individuals are supported by our friendly dedicated team of tutors and volunteers. Class sizes are kept to no more than 15 individuals, with further opportunities of working in smaller groups.
Courses are aimed to help you build your confidence, learn new skills, make new friends or just take some time out.
To qualify for ‘free’ courses – funded by Staffordshire County Council Community Learning Service, individuals must be 19 years+
Courses for 2020
Course 5 – 2nd March – 6th April
Course 6 – 11th May – 22nd June (no course on Bank Holiday 25th May)
Courses for 2020 are only eligible to new learners. It is important to remember when signing up to the courses, you commit to the full six sessions which are held every Monday.
New for September 2019 – learners can access the resources page to view course handouts/extra reading. Please click onto Community Learning link on the resources page and see your tutor for the login password.
Farm Educational Access Days
Funded through the Natural England Educational Access Scheme – a free learning experience for schools, colleges, learning difficulties/disabilities, mental health needs, environmental, health, social, youth and any other named organisations including Care Farming organisations.
To qualify the group activity must be related to either: the natural environment; food and farming; and/or the curriculum. It is for a group of six or more people for two hours or more.
For more information and to book a visit please contact us.