16 May 2017
16 May 2017,

At Specialist Autism Services, we’re passionate about supporting adults with Autism to experience new opportunities and develop their skills, confidence, and independence. We regularly support our members to assess their strengths, skills, and interests and work with them on their journey to employment. For many of our members, volunteering is their first step towards work and helps them to develop new social and practical skills, confidence, and a better perspective on their career options. Volunteering also offers individuals a chance to get out and about, try new things, and make new friends and contacts.

Staff from Specialist Autism Services’ employment team have recently been supporting a member from our Bradford supported employment group to volunteer at Prism City Farm, located in the Girlington area of the city. Volunteering at Prism City Farm for the ongoing ‘Breathing Spaces’ project has given this member the opportunity to take an active role in ensuring the animals at the farm, such as chickens, cows, ponies, goats, sheep, turtles, degus, and many more, are well cared for, as well as ensuring the land is maintained and developed. Over the next few weeks, he’s also going to get to try his hand at some horticulture – Fingers crossed the good summery weather continues!

Our member is enjoying undertaking this volunteer role, getting out in the fresh air, getting hands on with the animals, meeting other volunteers, and working with the expert guidance from the friendly staff at the farm.

The farm has an excellent history of engaging socially excluded young people, those excluded from school, at risk of offending, and people who may choose animal care or horticulture as a career path. If you fancy getting involved with the Breathing Spaces project which takes place every Wednesday afternoon between 2.30 – 4.30, give Prism City Farm a call on 01274 543500 or email alex.dronec@prismyouthproject.org

Feeding the chickens – Staying clear of the cockerel though, he’s got a bit of a temper!

Treacle – 15 years old and loving life at Prism City Farm!

Topping up the goat’s water

Making sure the ponies have enough hay for the evening

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