Bath City Farm

“I don’t know what I would’ve done without Bath City Farm. I have no family and when I first came I felt like I’d landed at an airport full of friendly strangers. Now they’re like a new family.”

South West

Charity location

£62,126

Grant size

3 years

Funding period

Our Partnership

Bath City Farm supports people experiencing mental ill health to become active and valued farm volunteers. The volunteers gain skills, reduce their isolation and anxiety, and improve their confidence and physical health.

Funding of £62,126 over three years supports the Farm to continue offering practical volunteering opportunities including animal care, horticulture and healthy cooking. Volunteers can also assist with running the farm’s community café, welcoming visitors and administration.

Russell first came across Bath City Farm five years ago. He said:

“I’d made a suicide attempt. I felt alone, disillusioned with the world and couldn’t seem to fit in anywhere. I lost six pints of blood so got very close to losing my life.”

After leaving hospital, Russell was referred to a mental health organisation where he was given the opportunity to volunteer at the Farm.

“When I first came here I thought – how come I don’t know this exists?! I’d been living in the area for nearly 40 years and had no idea,” he added.

“I don’t know what I would’ve done without Bath City Farm. I have no family and when I first came I felt like I’d landed at an airport full of friendly strangers. Now they’re like a new family. We’re all different but share a similar positive attitude. I’ve done lots of courses here and spend a lot of time gardening. I love it.”

Helen, General Manager at Bath City Farm, said it is this community spirit and tailored support that makes the Farm unique.

“Our Lloyds Bank Foundation funding goes towards our mental health projects which supports people to volunteer, progress and move on with their life. It’s allowed us to support and pay attention to each individual. The longer-term nature of our grant is great.”

Alongside their grant from Lloyds Bank Foundation, Bath City Farm have also made the most of our additional support offer, which helps the Farm develop and enhance its services.

“The Foundation’s Enhance developmental support is great. We’ve had support in carrying out a feasibility study for our new café and from that, we were able to win a development grant to make these plans a reality. We’ve also been able to work towards a PQASSO Quality Mark award, which has also opened up new pots of funding for us. All of this extra support strengthens our charity, helping to show we’re investable.”

As part of this extra support offer, Helen has also been matched with Jo, a volunteer charity mentor from Lloyds Banking Group. Helen said:

“My mentoring experience has been amazing. I first joined the charity in 2001 as an unpaid volunteer and became manager early last year. I’ve grown up knowing the ins and outs of the farm but my finance knowledge needed a bit of development. I chatted to our Grant Manager Emma about this gap in my knowledge and she suggested a charity mentor.

“As soon as I met Jo, we got on and she has been so supportive throughout. I’ve learnt how to forecast budgets, produce Trustee reports and Jo has even trained me on Excel so I can save time when doing this myself in future. It’s actually given me a bit of a passion for budgeting, which isn’t something I thought I’d say!”

Jo also speaks highly of her mentoring experience:

“When I first signed up, I was apprehensive about the value I could add but I was immediately reassured when I met Helen. Helen is amazing and does so much for the charity, meaning it is sometimes hard for her to sit down and think. I guess I help her find that time.”

The Foundation’s Enhance support is great. We’ve had support in carrying out a feasibility study for our new café and from that, we were able to win a development grant to make these plans a reality.

Helen Fisher, General Manager, Bath City Farm

What do we mean by Mental Health?

People who are managing mental health problems resulting in significant disruption to everyday living or in recovery from an episode of such problems occurring in the last two years.

Our Impact on Mental Health in 2018

25

new grants addressing mental health issues

23,210

people with mental ill health supported through our funded charities

2.5

years is the average length of our grants for Mental Health charities

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