We have been running courses at Windmill Hill City Farm for a number of years. Subject areas include painting and drawing, silver and copper jewellery making, stained glass, creative writing, and yoga. We also run a couple of art and craft courses for people who find it difficult to attend mainstream classes.
On average we provide 20 to 25 hours of adult learning at the Farm per week. Windmill Hill City Farm is a charity that provides recreation, education and therapy using food, farming and the environment as a theme. It was formed in 1976 by a volunteer group of local residents determined to see a piece of inner city wasteland put to more productive use, giving the local community the opportunity to experience farming in the heart of the city. The site has allotments and a range of farmyard animals. Other facilities include a picnic area, a café serving home-made food, and a nursery for children aged from nine months to five years old, as well as a community building with meeting spaces and classrooms.
Some students have progressed into further and higher education as a result of attending WEA courses at the Farm. Students also report a greater sense of wellbeing, as well as enjoying learning new subjects and skills:
“The course is helping me manage stress from other areas of my life. My mental health is more robust because of the course.”
“I’m progressing since my last course. I enjoy the social friendships. I like making things as it cheers me up. Makes me feel more confident about myself.”
“The tutor is extremely supportive and patient and instils great confidence in drawing out latent skills. I feel a great satisfaction in knowing I have mastered several new techniques and produced an object as outlined in my learning outcome. I become totally absorbed and time goes too fast, therefore it is enormously therapeutic as well as satisfying"