Politicians tell us, through their words and actions, that it is alright to exclude, it is okay to bully and compassion is a weakness. In the world today, we experience a constant stream of generally negative information, whether it be via news or Twitter and it can sometimes feel like the world is a very fragile place; but it is also a beautiful place filled with people doing good deeds. We are determined to encourage resilience and kindness during these tumultuous times. We are opening a new series of posts, Unsung Heroes, to highlight the good work of people who are doing their bit to make the world a better place. Because we know a little can go a long long way, we are hailing personal initiatives and celebrating all kinds of selflessness. We welcome suggestions or stories from you about your unsung heroes. So the next time you are feeling down, step away from the Facebook feed and be inspired by these people making a difference.
We are delighted to introduce and celebrate the first of our Unsung Heroes:
Farmability is an Oxfordshire based non-profit that provides day service for people with special needs and recently has expanded to welcome, accommodate and support Syrian refugees. Their ethos is based on the positive outcomes of therapeutic support through meaningful employment. The programme of animal husbandry, horticulture and seasonal tasks promote a setting where service users, titled, 'Co-Farmers,' work in small groups, supported by enthusiastic staff and volunteers. They gain a real sense of purpose, confidence, and achievement, while building the practical and vocational skills they need to move forward in their lives. Through programs like this, people, particularly those who face challenges in their lives, can meaningfully engage in purposeful activities that builds their skills, enhances their learning, and improves their physical health and well-being. We congratulate Farmability on their hard work and dedication to improving the lives of those that sometimes fall onto the fringe of society. Meaningful work and recognition is due to all humans. We should regard all people in their work, in spite of race, disability, or social standing as valuable contributors to society.
BARVO FARMABILITY, ITS VOLUNTEERS AND CO-FARMERS!