Who Benefits?

Gorfenna Community provides for those with mental health issues, learning difficulties, stress, anxiety or depression, physical health problems, brain injury or autistic spectrum disorder.

How Does it Help?

There is a well-established and growing body of evidence that shows that spending time hands-on with plants and animals can make a noticeable difference to your well-being. Some of the benefits include:

§  Increased self-esteem

§  Improved social interaction

§  Enhanced confidence

§  Developing awareness of well-being

§  Working individually and as part of a team

§  Preventing deterioration in many conditions

Gardening and looking after animals can improve physical health and mental well-being.  It also provides structure, routine and respite.  It confirms something that we already knew – that time spent with other people in a natural environment will only do you good.  


The activities taking place are completely led by the person attending.  What we mean by that is there is no pressure from us to do anything that you do not want to do.  

Typical farm activities include feeding the animals, collecting eggs ready for sale, caring for the pigs, sheep and miniature horses.

Typical outdoor activities include:

·         Feeding animals ·         Collecting eggs ·         Growing vegetables 

·         Weeding ·         Picking what we’ve grown ·         Eating what we’ve grown

·         Using tools ·         Woodworking ·         Fencing

Indoor activities will be seasonal and included in the price.  

·       Spring – setting seeds and plants, making bird boxes, lambing. 

·       Summer – making bird tables, outdoor furniture, vegetable trugs

·       Autumn – lantern making, Halloween pumpkins.

·       Winter – making Christmas wreaths, Christmas decorations/presents

Year round we always provided a wide range of crafting activities in one of our indoor rooms.

If you wish to go outside, it is always advisable to bring sturdy foot wear and raincoats for rainy days but we have boot washing and hand washing facilities. 

Additional Activities

In addition to the activities always going on, we frequently invite/host visits from other groups to join us and add additional opportunities to those who attend. 

Regularly check our Home page for details of upcoming events.

 Our Staff

We have a small but dedicated group of staff and volunteers, each bringing different skills and life experiences.  Alongside the very wide practical skills, our staff have a broad experience in either social work, teaching or care work.  They are keen to enhance the lives of those attending our Service and put in a lot of extra time and effort enabling them to take part in activities beyond their day service hours.