FarmBuddies, a Not For Profit Social Enterprise, acts as a Community Connector arranging for accompanied individuals or small groups with any additional need, aged 9-90, to visit a farm in their local area one day a week to do a variety of regular farm jobs including animal care, according to age, choice and ability, all with farmer supervision; the diagnosis is left at the gate!

Social Farming

Social Farming, also known as Care Farming, has expanded significantly in the UK since 2005 as well as in Western Europe.

The participants, benefiting from weekly farm visits, are a cross-section of the population from young children to the elderly. The main categories are those with Autism, learning disabilities, mental health issues and school difficulties. We have initiated 2000+ Individual Day Places. 

Parent " I have already seen such an improvement in his confidence it is staggering"


Who to contact

Contact Name
Stephen Sellers
Contact Position
01420 538793 01420 538793 07596 077261 07596 077261
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Where to go

Administration Office only
Longmoor Road
GU33 6AW
Directions to GU33 6AW

Farms are introduced up to a maximum 45 minutes travel from a particpant's home address.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Mon - Fri, limited on Sat
Time of day
Session Information
10am - 3pm or as agreed


£60+vat if applicable  Per Day
The cost varies between farms and is payable direct to the farmer if visits start; the charge will be inclusive of light refreshments and any VAT. Lunches maybe extra by arrangement. Limited subsidised places.


Age Ranges
9 to 90 years
Referral required
Referral Details

Parents & others can self-refer with outline information to FarmBuddies. Once an introductory farm visit has been made by FarmBuddies, the parent deals direct with the farm on all matters going forward.

Other notes

Anyone with a mild or moderate additional need, who can be accompanied during the farm visit can apply. Farms are located across Berkshire and neighbouring counties.

Local Offer

Contact Name
Stephen Sellers
Contact Telephone
07596 077261
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary (11-16 years)
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)


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This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide, Reading Borough Council (RBC) and Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations. Information collected by Reading Service Guide; is used solely to implement and supply the Family Information Service (FIS), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer, Adults & Carers Support Group and Reading Youth.


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