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Countrymen UK

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

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What is happening right now?

Video insights

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

Our Vision

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.

Challenges

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.

Affinity

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.

Positive impact

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.”

How we can help you

If you would like to Join a Countrymen UK Group

If you would like to start a Countrymen UK Group

A Countryman and Carer speak out

Tom R., a Countrymen Group member, says;

“Being back on a farm with the animals, the smells and the feel of familiar things is all I ever wanted… and meeting up with new friends from similar backgrounds is a massive bonus.

If there wasn’t a Countrymen Group, I’d hate to think what I’d be doing today or what my life would be like without this.”

Jenny P., a Family Carer, says;

“The Countrymen Group provides me with respite but it has also changed my relationship with Robert. He is outdoors and getting involved in what was once his daily life, as well as some new interests.

We now have new things to talk about and I know that he’s being given the chance to do things he thought were only in his past. I also get to rest and relax, knowing he’s in a safe and stimulating place.”

Take a look at our leaflet

Click on the cover image to open our leaflet

Cymru fersiwn

Gallwch hefyd lawrlwytho fersiwn o’r pamffled hwn yn Gymraeg.

You can also download a version of this brochure in Welsh.

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