Chevington farm charity which helps people with mental health issues and head injuries in appeal for more volunteers

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A farm based charity helping people with mental health issues, head injuries and pupils at risk of explusion, has appealed for volunteers.

The Millennium Farm Trust caters for about a dozen ‘farm helpers’ a day.

It moved from Rede to Chevington in October and can now cater for up to 25 farm helpers a day – but it needs more volunteers, in particular someone who can develop and lead an educational programme.

The farm helpers perform tasks including woodwork and looking after animals - eventually it is hoped they will also work in a farm shop.

Michael, one of the helpers, said: “It gives my freedom to learn different skills. I’ve been building a goatshed. I look forward to coming.”

Richard Hopper, one of the trust committee members said: “Many of them are stuck in their home so coming here means a great deal to them. It’s outdoors, it’s heathy, social and educational.”

The trust is holding its annual meeting next Saturday (27) at 11am at Chevington Village Hall. All are welcome.

Visit www.m-f-t.org.uk