Photo of the Week: Care Farming

Sarah Hambidge, Faculty of Science & Technology

In our next ‘Photo of the week’ we are looking at research being led by BU’s Sarah Hambidge, who is a part of the Bournemouth University Dementia Institute.

Down on a farm, tucked away in the beautiful Dorset countryside, the therapeutic use of farming practices is being used to provide health, social and educational care services for a wide range of people. The farm offers the opportunity for people who are the hardest to reach, to utilise a rural environment to enhance their well-being and to achieve their potential. The farm has achieved many great success stories of people who have turned their lives around, been given confidence in their own value and become equipped with the learning they need to successfully engage in wider society. The challenge they now face is to show this model of care is successful to enable their work to continue and grow.

Historically, much of the awareness and research regarding mental health issues has focused predominantly on females, whilst males with mental health concerns have faced an element of negativity from society, despite being at higher risk of depression and loneliness, alcohol dependency, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and suicide. My study aims to explore the benefits of the care farm model as an alternative social care intervention on improving physical / mental health outcomes and the quality of life of young males with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties as well as older men with dementia, and the benefits of intergenerational interaction between the two groups.

For more information about the project, email Sarah for further details

This was an entry to BU’s first research photography competition and the entries for the next competition will be open shortly. For more details about the competition, please email research@bournemouth.ac.uk