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. Presently, all courses are through remote learning due to the Coronavirus. All courses are aimed at improving people’s confidence and motivation, through practical learning, where individuals receive an activity pack delivered to their home. Other organisations within the partnership will be able to offer individuals further information, advice and guidance as well as training. You will have one to one support with your own advocate.
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 originally were based on the farm before the onset of the Coronavirus with lots of practical activities, both indoors and outdoors throughout the year.
Course Description for Face to Face Learning
The farm has rabbits/guinea pigs, donkeys, Shire horse and foal, 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 20 individuals. However, in most cases individuals work in small groups carrying out different activities throughout the day.
Courses are aimed to help you build your confidence, learn new skills, make new friends or just take some time out.
Courses for 2021/2022
We are pleased to announce that we will be running our popular Countryside Project to Health and Wellbeing blended learning courses starting on 2nd August 2021 ( 3 sessional activities at the farm and 3 activities to take away to do at home). We can offer fully based remote learning courses if you feel more comfortable in your own home environment.
This will include use of different communication methods to include: regular telephone contact, closed Facebook page and use of communication programmes such as Zoom.
COURSE DATES 2022
Mon 10th January 2022 – Mon 14th February 2022 – six sessions (27 learning hours)
Mon 21st February 2022 – Mon 28th March 2022 – six sessions (27 learning hours)
Mon 4th April 2022 – Mon 23rd May 2022 – six sessions (27 learning hours)
Mon 30th May 2022 – Mon 4th July 2022 – six sessions (27 learning hours)
New Course this September – An Introduction to Starting your own Small Business
Starting Wed 15th September 2021 – Wed 20th October 2021
Would you like own small business – but not sure how it is done, is this you? – learn step by step how to start your business on this exciting taster course!
The aim of the course is to give an overview of how you might want to start, develop and grow a small business.
You will get to meet several people who have experienced different pathways before finding their ultimate business.
Learners will get to meet a real-life farmer who produces home grown food for Farmers’ Markets, learn how she has made her business successful, how she as added value to her products and how she has grown along the way.
We will visit a family run day ticket fishery/campsite – learn about how to meet and greet your customers, ensure repeat custom and how do you make a living.
- Learn how set achievable goals, develop ideas with a simple business plan to get you started.
- Learn to recognise what support and training you may need and how to get help.
- Consider start up costs, possible grants to get you started
- What regulations do we need to follow?
- Work life balance – how can you make the business fit for you?
- Review your progress – keep a check on your business
- Create an action plan to keep you on track
- Break down goals into doable steps
- Remain flexible
- Recognise that you may have to deal with set backs
- Stick with it!
There will be taster sessions to include: dog walking, practical cooking, floristry, creating business flyers and business cards.
All Community Learning courses are available to adult learners (19+) living in Staffordshire but not including Stoke-on-Trent. Locations including Rugeley, Cannock Chase, Stafford and surrounding areas. The courses are for people with mental wellbeing issues, a learning disability/difficulty or physical disability or anyone who is feeling isolated as a result of the Coronavirus.
For more information about Community Learning funded courses please email firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, contact Carol Carney on 07814 237211 to register your expression of interest.
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.