Rhubard Farm
One of the key factors in reducing the risk of re-offending is to provide opportunities for an unemployed offender to improve their skills that will help in their search for paid work.

The CRC has linked in with the environmental social enterprise called Rhubard Farm that provides mentored work placements for supervised offenders who want to improve their life skills and gain experience and qualifications.

The farm is based in Langworth on the Derbyshire/ Nottinghamshire border and its staff use the organic horticulture model for developing confidence and employability as well as improving health and well-being.

Funding from the Working Neighbourhoods Fund, through the Bolsover Local Strategic Partnership, enable Rhubard Farm to employ a  farm manager and an admin/finance worker. Additional workers were taken on through the Future Jobs Fund.
 
 
Farm produce
 
The range of production includes:

  • Cultivation of organic fruit and vegetables
  • Egg production
  • Weekly vegetable boxes for local customers.

The environmental social enterprise also works with recovering drug and alcohol misusers, people with learning difficulties and mental health issues as well as young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs).
 
 
Getting Involved
Supervised offenders are required to attend the farm two days a week and work with the chief horticulturist, who devises a development programme of activities that will gradually build up the participant’s self confidence, knowledge and skills.
 
 
Gaining qualifications
Rhubard Farm is also accredited to provide land-based activities that can lead to the LANTRA Level 2 qualification. The work is divided into eight different modules that cover Health and Safety, animal care and health and safety.

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