Courses & Workshops

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.

For further information please contact us. Find out more about the BBO by visiting


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 2020/2021

We are pleased to announce that we will be running our popular Countryside Project to Health and Wellbeing online/remote learning courses starting the beginning of August 2020. Eventually, we hope to combine online learning with returning to the Upper Moreton Farm for practical learning, but for now we are offering a learning activity pack, delivered to your door every week, with support from your tutor, as well as access to Zoom meetings (we will guide through the process) and additionally access to the Upper Moreton Rural Activities Community Learning Facebook page.

If you are feeling isolated at home or want to learn something new – related to countryside activities – to include animals, plants, creativity and the countryside then please get in touch. All courses are totally free and enjoyable!

Available to adult learners (19+) living in Staffordshire (Rugeley, Cannock Chase, Stafford and surrounding areas). including those with mental wellbeing issues, a learning disability/difficulty or physical disability or anyone who is feeling isolated due the Coronavirus.

COURSE DATES 2020/2021

Mon 11th Jan 2021 – Mon 15th Feb 2021 – six sessions (27 learning hours)

Mon 11th Jan 2021 – Mon 15th Feb 2021 – six sessions (27 learning hours)

Mon 22nd Feb 2021 – Mon 29th Mar 2021 – six sessions (27 learning hours)

Mon 12th April 2021 – Mon 24th May 2021 – six sessions (27 learning hours)

For more information about Community Learning funded courses please email Alternatively, contact Carol Carney on 07814 237211 to register your expression of interest. 

Please do not be put off by the courses being online based – all you really need is access to a smart phone but ideally a computer, tablet or laptop and a internet connection. We are happy to support you with all your computer learning needs. We have had several people who have not been computer minded complete the courses – so it does proves that our courses are still doable with a little extra support!

We have set up a learners page – where you can access the resources page to view course handouts/extra reading if you so desire. Please click onto Community Learning link on the resources page and ask 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.

Want to Know More?

If you would like further information on any of the courses, activities or educational access we offer, please get in touch with Carol Carney on 07814 237211 or send us a message.