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The Farming Life Centre provides health/well-being and business related information and support to the farming and rural community of the Derbyshire and Staffordshire Peak District. Each year the Centre develops and runs up to five projects to address the (often hidden) health, social and economic inequalities and deprivation within the upland farming community, which are delivered at outreach locations and at our premises at Blackwell Hall Farm. The underlying ethos of all our initiatives is to improve the resilience of the rural community by supporting our residents of all ages to deal with their challenges in a timely way – before they reach a point of crisis.
As well as being a project base, the Centre has a strong identity as a unique community facility – a welcoming meeting place on a farm, where farmers and those with a connection with the countryside feel at home. Our base has two meeting rooms which are regularly used for social gatherings, project meetings, practical workshops, therapeutic activities, training events and meetings of Buxton Young Farmers’ Club. The building also has a 1950’s style farmhouse kitchen which is the social hub of the building.
Recent Art course attendee Trish Justin says ….The venue was most comfortable and a pleasure to visit in its own right. I loved seeing the artefacts around the building, particularly the utensils in the kitchen and it was delightful to see a historic farm such as Blackwell Hall still very active today.
The Farming Life Centre celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2015 and was delighted to mark this milestone with a visit from HRH The Prince of Wales in October. Over the years the charity has successfully developed and run projects in the fields of mental and physical health, heritage, the arts, business support and development, skills development and confidence building. During 2016 we reached over 300 rural residents and farming families, we aim is to improve on this reach in to the future.