Clynfwy Care Farm
Clynfyw Care Farm
Clynfyw Care Farm is a Community Interest Company which supports disabled and vulnerable people using numerous meaningful projects as tools for learning, engagement, contribution and fun through our farm based Day Service and supporting people living in the Clynfyw Farm Cottages. We also manage the Kinora mental health recovery centre in Cardigan and lots of other things too!
We care about our local community, working alongside many community-based groups and statutory organisations to help create a more inclusive region. As of 1st March 2020 we provide inspiring opportunities for 45 different vulnerable people many times each week, and secure, enjoyable employment for 52 paid staff and volunteers. Clynfyw is a ‘significant local employer’!
We want to help other people set up care farms and to improve community-focused social care. To this end we wrote a book—‘Care Farming for Beginners—a how to guide’, to help others to develop their land for social and therapeutic purposes. We often give talks here and elsewhere and welcome people to visit (by arrangement) and to steal our ideas!
We hope you will enjoy our website, but please note it is just an introduction to our work. Please get in touch if you would like more information about anything we mention. Thank you.
History - The Evolution of Clynfyw Care Farm
Clynfyw Farm is a 300 acre organic farm and woodland in North Pembrokeshire that has been farmed by the Lewis-Bowen family since the 1750s. Since 1985 it has offered high-quality accessible accommodation in converted Victorian farm buildings.
Trading under the company name Clynfyw Countryside Centre Ltd (Clynfyw CC) since 1999, we expanded on the holidays to include weddings, conferences and a variety of courses based around the environment, disability access and sustainability. In 2009 the Clynfyw CC Directors decided to refocus our efforts, concentrating on our strengths – disability access around the farm, inclusive holiday provision and the knowledge we have gained of the needs of the disabled community locally and further afield.
In 2011 Clynfyw Community Interest Company (CIC) was constituted to run day care services and related activities on a Care Farm. Clynfyw CC still exists managing the holiday cottages, while Clynfyw CIC runs as a Care Farm which is open to everyone, but with a focus on supporting ‘vulnerable people’ in general.
Clynfyw Farm is owned by Tom Lewis-Bowen and leased to Jim Lewis-Bowen under a farm business tenancy agreement. The buildings were leased to Clynfyw CC in 1998, and Clynfyw CIC has a further lease of the buildings and surrounds.The majority of the land is presently rented out to a super organic farmer, Hefyn Evans, and we use around a dozen acres for our care farming work.
Pembrokeshire County Council (PCC) has been using Clynfyw CC’s cottages for respite stays for its Learning Disability team since 2009, with care support provided by a number of different registered domiciliary care providers (commissioned directly by PCC).
We were already providing many of the services highlighted as good practice when the Welsh Government’s Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act came in in 2015, and Clynfyw has been mentioned in the Senedd as a centre of good practice.
We have built a stable foundation and are excited about the years ahead....
The long term health the environment is important to us. We won a Green Tourism Gold Award in 2017 for our environmental practices and bought a Nissan Leaf electric car early in 2018, and a minibus that runs on recycled vegetable oil in 2019 to further reduce our carbon footprint.
Environmental Policy March 2020
Clynfyw Community Interest Company (Clynfyw CIC) offers therapeutic day services to marginalised people including people with learning disabilities, people experiencing mental health issues, women experiencing domestic abuse, veterans struggling with life after being in the forces and other excluded groups.
We recognise that our activities have an impact on the environment in terms of the use of raw materials, emissions to air and waste generation and we seek to minimise this as far as is reasonably practicable.
Clynfyw CIC is committed to:
Continual improvement in its environmental performance
Compliance with all environmental legislation, regulations and codes of practice relevant to the sector in which it operates.
It is the policy of Clynfyw CIC to:
Make efficient use of natural resources by conserving energy and water, minimising waste and recycling where possible
Use recycled materials whenever practicable
Keep transport use to a minimum and promote car sharing where practicable
Actively promote the use of recycled materials
Liaise with the local community to minimise disruption to the local environment
Encourage members of staff to feedback to management about the company’s environmental performance
Use Fair Traded goods wherever practicable
Promote the environmental practices carried out by Clynfyw CIC to other community groups.
We will communicate this policy to all our employees and ensure that they are given appropriate training to raise awareness of environmental issues.
Clynfyw CIC will review this policy on an annual basis, taking account of any changes within legislation and our organisation, and any other factors.
In March 2020 we instigated an open meeting for Manordeifi, Clydau, Boncath and Cilgerran parishes to discuss the climate crisis and the set up a North East Pembrokeshire Climate Emergency Action Planning Team to prepare ourselves for the challenges of the future.
We are getting 'once in a generation' floods several times a year now and all indication is that it's only going to get worse. Climate scientists predict food shortages and a fracturing in our society.
It is easy to say we are too small and 'what difference does it make when China, the USA etc... don't change', but doing nothing now won't help us in the future. We have flooded fields and homes, bridges out, roads blocked by fallen trees and lorries blown into ditches. We need to talk and plan and prepare now.
So this is what we are doing. If you would like to get involved, please get in touch. All constructive contribution is most welcome.
Clynfyw is a BIHR Champion of Human Rights
The Human Rights Act is often misrepresented by those with vested interests. It is a vital tool that protects us all, particularly the most vulnerable in our society. Clynfyw has been recognised by the British Institute of Human Rights as a Champion of Human Rights for our campaigning work over the past few years.
Our Campaigning Team promotes the interests of the disabled and vulnerable community. It is led by our Participant Forum which meets monthly to plan campaigns. Campaigns to date include election-based endeavours, working with the British Institute of Human Rights to promote the importance of the Human Rights Act, and taking part in Disabled Access Day, campaigning for a more inclusive, equitable Wales. We also promote the work of Anaya Aid, Swansea Humanitarian Aid Relief Project (SHARP) and other groups with whom we are affiliated. The work is rewarding, and vitally important.
We are audited annually by Pembrokeshire People First to help ensure we are truly Participant lead and doing all we can to provide opportunity and advocate for everyone involved at Clynfyw
Behind the Scenes
People - our greatest Asset
The current Clynfyw Team are an inspiring group of individuals. They are truly person focussed and a massive credit to the organisation as a whole. Their dedication, commitment and compassion are a recognised asset. They are also a great pleasure to be around.
On-going investment in our Team is a key part of our work and we offer in-house training as well as accessing Pembrokeshire County Council’s SCWDP training regularly.
We have a pleasingly low staff turnover. We have a paid staff team of 42 people including volunteers and apprentices, (losing 3, and taking on 7 new staff in 2019/20). We focus on investing in staff to maintain this record. Of our Domiciliary Care Team, 2 have NVQ4/5, 5 have NVQ 2/3 and 25 are following training in various levels of QCF in Health and Social Care.
We have an independent Board of ten people which includes our Staff Representatives and Participant Representative who guide and advice the Management Team of the day to day running of the Care Farm. We aim over the next few years to change our structure, reducing the hierarchy and making the running, development and planning more equitable.
To ensure good communication throughout the organisation, we hold bi-monthly Staff Team meetings, Monthly Participants Forums and have elected representatives from the Staff Team and Participants which enable everyone to have a say in what goes on at Clynfyw. The Staff Representatives, Eve and Hannah, meet with the Managing Director, Jim, weekly to ensure communication is as good as it can be. Our Visioning Team meets monthly too to develop a 2020-2030 plan relating to the climate crisis and how we can develop and adapt what we do to be best positioned to contribute to community resilience and help to establish a restorative culture to which will be increasingly needed in the years to come.
The following people worked for and represented Clynfyw CIC as of the 1st February 2020. Please see the Staff Team Page for information about what some of our staff team get up to while not at work!
Brenda Squires, Katie Barnett-Hammond, Cassy Healey, Shaun Hague, Paul White, Sue Lewis, Karen Chandler, Holly Cross, Jane White, James Lewis-Bowen, Eve Mathers, Hannah Rounding, Jack Taylor
Jim Bowen—General Manager/Registered Manager/Managing Director
Giles Evans—Clynfyw Project Coordinator/Campaigns
Sheila Morgan—Project Coordinator—cottages
Louise Welsby—Finance Officer
Andy O’Connell--Day Service Coordinator
Development Worker Team
Matt Wright--BHWT Lucy Lewis-Supported Riding/Animals
Pip Bromley—Horticulture Vic Williams—Bee keeping
Christine Thomas—Kitchen Adam Green—Bushcraft
Charlie Martin—Wormery Seth Howlett—Swimming Club
Michael Jones—Refugee Support/WGI Kef Shimidzu--carpentry
Joy Hands Richard Williams—Woodland Projects
Gareth Tamblyn--walking group Johnny Manns—Footy Club
Hannah Rowning--Staff Rep Charles Etty-Leal
Anna Sen--Drama Gill Wiles--Kinora Gardening Service
Gwen Williams Nicola Houghton
Karen Kildergard Anna Monro
Cerys Fletcher Liz Griffiths
Julie Rising Ffion Phillips
Eve Mathers (Staff Rep) Julian Rollins
Lorraine Brooks Joanna Dornan
Skye Heneker Faye Barry
Megan Davies Philip Pocock
Regular Volunteers helping on projects include:
JS—Volunteer (horticulture), J (volunteer), C (volunteer) SF—Volunteer (hens), MP—Volunteer (hens), TR—Volunteer (hens/coffee mornings), JR—Volunteer (hens), DS—Volunteer (hens), GB—Volunteer (maintenance), TB—Volunteer (maintenance)