What we do
Our farm and countryside environments help to meet the challenges being faced by men who find themselves isolated because of deteriorating physical or mental health or changing social circumstances. Conditions may include:
Dementia, Parkinson’s, Stroke, Isolation, Injuries, Anxiety, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress, Chronic Pain, Cancer, Heart & Lung Conditions and others.
Learn more about us from our recently produced video, which you can view on YouTube
What is happening right now?
Our new video (under 7 minutes), is aimed at giving everyone additional insights into what Countrymen UK does, and why we do it. It really is worth a few moments to view the video on YouTube
Our Covid Outreach Initiative
With some funding from Countrymen UK, this has been operating nationally with the farms in the Countrymen UK Network since April and will be continuing at varying levels throughout the Network for the foreseeable future.
The objective was for the Network to make contact with organisations and individuals in their areas and to provide support services and activity-based stimulation to men with long-term health conditions and their family carers. This has included keeping in touch with phone calls, setting up web pages, distributing newsletters and video material and donating food, activity packs and other essentials to men and their family carers.
Preparing for 2021
Over the coming months, we’ll be preparing for our 10th Anniversary in 2021 as much as we possibly can and we’re planning to make some changes to the support we offer to the Farm Network Membership, which we hope will grow substantially throughout next year, subject to time and budgets as always.
The details of our 2021 plans will be finalised and published in December but, at this stage, we can certainly say that we’re going for a simpler and more streamlined membership model that will significantly reduce membership fees to all.
The Countrymen UK Team
That every man has the opportunity to access outdoor spaces daily… to be able to use their skills despite health conditions… to beat isolation by making new friends and by working and socialising positively with their peers.
The Countrymen UK Network
Countrymen UK (CUK) now has a growing network of care farms and gardens, stretching from the south of England to the north of Scotland. If you’d like to be put in touch, or if you’d like to be part of the CUK Network, please get in touch.
The CUK Network is meeting the challenges being faced by men who find themselves isolated because of deteriorating physical or mental health, or changing social conditions, whether they are from rural or urban areas.
The men we support normally have an affinity with farms, gardens or other outdoor environments through their previous work, leisure activities or just a love of the countryside.
Our slogan, “Getting back to being you” reflects our belief that getting back to farm, garden, countryside environments and green spaces, overcomes isolation and has a positive impact on physical health and mental wellbeing.
“It’s great for Countrymen and it’s great for their Family Carers.”