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THE benefits of an agricultural support scheme will be discussed at a special event near Ponteland next week.

Current and potential service providers and care sector organisations are being invited to attend the day-long session about care farming at Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall campus.

The programme was first developed in the Netherlands as a way of promoting the physical health and mental well-being of young people and those with special educational needs.

A number of care farming activities are currently provided in Northumberland such as Natural Ability, which operates in the west of the county. Natural Ability is a member of the care farming co-operative Green Care.

Northumberland County Council Executive Member for Adult Care and Wellbeing Ian Lindley said: “Our county has a strong agricultural tradition so it’s important that we explore the possibilities of combining our farming heritage with the care and education of local people. This scheme could provide opportunities for people to carry out meaningful work, learn new skills and feel valued.”

The event will take place on Friday, June 1, between 9.30am and 2.30pm. It will include presentations by Care Farming UK, Northumbria University and Northumberland College.

To find out more, or to book a place, phone 0191 295 2742 or email steve.bailey@northumberland.gov.uk