From left to right: Jazz – one of the Farm Animals, Siobhan Webster, Yard Manager of Mossburn Community Farm and Alan Somerville, Senior Development Officer of CHA
On Monday 23rd May 2022 Alan Somerville, Senior Development Officer of Cunninghame Housing Association, presented a cheque for £1,000 to Siobhan Webster, Yard Manager of Mossburn Community Farm.
Mossburn Community Farm is primarily an animal sanctuary however, it provides many facilities/programmes which improves the lives of local people such as – work experience placements for people of all ages and abilities to help those looking to work in animal related fields or just to enhance general life and social skills; volunteering opportunities to gain experience for future workplaces and contribute to a worthwhile cause; the facility also provides an Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) programme for local people with learning, behavioural or emotional challenges, especially those from vulnerable or impoverished backgrounds. The Farm receives referrals from schools, social work and support agencies. Individuals who may be resistant to other types of therapy often respond favourably to AAT with the animals acting as natural therapists that can enrich the quality of life of individuals by offering friendship and emotional, physical and mental support. The Farm provides vital support to many.
The funding provided by Cunninghame Housing Association will assist with the all-important running costs of the Farm to provide food for the animals, bedding, vet bills amongst many more. Without having vital funds, the Farm would struggle to function and provide the range of valuable services it currently offers local people.
The funding for Mossblown Community Farm came from the Associations “Making Our Communities a Better Place Fund” which operates throughout the year (1st April 2021 to 31st March 2022) until the allocated funding is exhausted.
Mossburn Community Farm is quite clearly a vital resource for many in the local community as well as a safe and secure place for animals that are looked after there.
FRANK SWEENEY, Group Chief Executive – CHA
Local Groups or individuals interested in finding our more about the Associations “Making Our Communities Better Places” Fund can do so by following the link below or downloading the application form.