Bird Farm CIC

Bird Farm CIC Alpacas and Donkeys
Looking across Bird Farm CIC – Karen and Emma are putting up a living willow structure similar in shape to a teepee, with several alpacas, two donkeys and chickens in view.

Bird Farm CIC is a newly formed community interest company near Lampeter in West Wales. We provide nature and land-based day services on our 10 acre off-grid smallholding. We aim to support those in need, including (but not limited to) those experiencing mental health issues, people with learning difficulties, those with dementia and palliative care needs, and carers, within our community.

Emma and Rodney Bird have been breeding Alpacas from their site near Lampeter since 2013. Bird Farm is small, but purposely so. Emma and Rodney made a conscious decision to follow non-intensive, sustainable, and ethical methods that are low impact and in-keeping with the beautiful countryside surrounding the farm. Emma has been offering a community group at Bird Farm as well as sessions for young people with learning difficulties for some time, and in 2020 decided to grow and evolve these projects into a Care Farm.

As a first step towards the full care farm service, we are excited to offer Bird Farm Sessions from September 2021. Claire and Ruth, both Registered Nurses, will be running bespoke supportive sessions for individuals with care needs, and for those who care for them. They are offering companionship and care, and through meaningful activities, hope to enrich and enhance the quality of life for those they work alongside. Some approaches they may take include time spent in nature, animal husbandry, gardening, crafts, and encouraging creativity through storytelling, music, and art.

Claire and Ruth’s work is centered around the individual, their loved ones, and their needs. They are passionate about providing complete holistic care, believing that mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical needs are of paramount importance in the overall wellbeing of the person. The aim is to make time spent at Bird Farm Sessions life-affirming, and meaningful.

Initially, the sessions will be running for two hours, either in the morning or in the afternoon, from Bird Farm. Referrals are welcomed from professionals, families, and individuals. A full assessment will then be undertaken to establish the needs of each person and how they may best be supported.