We are a group of highly qualified, like-minded, experienced professionals whose lives have been affected by a loved one’s trauma in one way or another.
Through our desire to support and help we have undertaken trials of social farming, i.e. using therapeutic activities in harmony with ‘mother nature’, the land and animals, all associated with the countryside, as an aid to recovery. We know the impact that trauma can have on the sufferer and the whole family and friends.
We have numerous skills, and our experiences have led us to be totally passionate about the work we do. We are proud of the successes we have had helping people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental health conditions. We understand the real difficulties experienced by the military and emergency service personnel and their families. We will combine our many skills to deliver a highly professional and integrated approach to help trauma related conditions.
We are a Community Interest Company, not for profit, Social Enterprise.
Penny Connorton – Chief Executive / Founder
Director – Care Farming UK, Ad. Dip. Counselling, C&G Teachers Cert, Former Dairy Farmer (22 years), Former Disability Officer, The Royal British Legion.
Penny comes from a town background, and had a joint partnership in a very busy village store before entering into farming in 1979 and becoming a Dairy Farmer, Pedigree Livestock Breeder and Agricultural Lecturer. Also Manager of a tourist enterprise, and created and ran a farm shop, producing cheese from their Jersey Herd and buying in other local farmers produce.
In 1999 she was awarded European funding to undertake a feasibility study to research a farm skills based project for those with disabilities, with physical, emotional and mental health difficulties. Many trials were undertaken with those recovering from substance mis-use and emotional breakdowns.
Since leaving farming she has taken An Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and helped other farmers that had to leave farming due to the Foot and Mouth Crisis. From 2008 until 2011, worked as a Disability Officer with the Royal British Legion and now has a private Counselling Practice. Having direct experience of being a Carer for an ex-serviceman with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Penny now specialises in helping families of those suffering from PTSD. Also specialising in agricultural issues.
Our Royal Marines
We are being advised on our project by two senior former Lt.Col Royal Marines who for security reasons we cannot publish details about. We are very grateful for their enthusiasm and regular input. They are both now living on farms and have a great deal if interest in the project and have taken part in various experience days and have also volunteered helping with bid writing and general advice regarding the military.
Dr. Diana Brown
Former Chiropractor and member of St. Marys Church Choir Totnes. Diana is also an experienced horsewoman. She is an avid volunteer and supplies us with scrumptious lunches when on site on our experience days and everyone is very grateful for her friendly and insightful input.
Clare is an artist and a glassblower. She teaches art at Dartington Aller Park Project and runs a support group for anyone who needs support. She is always on hand to help in anyway and regularly attends the local Veterans support groups. She has a real understanding of Veterans issues having been a carer of a Veteran in the past.
Former Royal Marine and co-organiser of ‘On Course’ Veterans Golfing, having been on several experience days Nigel decided to volunteer with us and is very supportive to the CEO with computer work and being a supportive mentor and ‘taxi’ driver for our experience days.
Nigel also took part in the building and rowing of the gig from the Isles of Scilly.
Mark and Deborah Daymond
Allercombe Farm Rattery – Pedigree Holstein Herd
Mark – Farmer and Teacher and specialist in Traditional Hedging (see BBC clip on project website homepage: www.farmable.co.uk).
Deborah – Farmer and Former Manager of Riverford Farm Shop for 19 years