Jennie Street & Anita Ollerenshaw
Managing Director & Rhubarb Farm Manager
Rhubarb Farm offers work placements, training and volunteering opportunities to people with long-term issues, or people who want to learn about growing their own fruit and vegetables. We offer support to people who are ex-offenders, have mental ill health, physical ill health, learning disability, physical disability, dementia, are school students struggling with their behaviour at school, are recovering drug or alcohol misusers, or are ex-service personnel with PTSD. Although we are not totally wheelchair-accessible because of rough ground, several wheelchair-users come weekly to site, and are not deterred by this.
We accept people whatever their support needs, and abilities, and provide group or one-to-one support depending on need. Everyone who comes to Rhubarb Farm is a volunteer, no matter what their needs or abilities - everyone can make a contribution.
Since the stricter lockdown in January 2021, Rhubarb Farm has reduced the number of people who can attend the Farm. Under government guidelines, the Farm can operate as a therapeutic centre, with a maximum of 15 people, staff and volunteers.
We therefore continue to accept some people with high support needs, and school students. We have furloughed 3 members of staff and some other staff are working from home.
In addition, we are continuing to provide weekly food bags to people who need them, and weekly cooked meals to isolated older people.
Because we are an outdoor facility, social distancing is possible. One of our 65 foot polytunnels was converted to the Mess Room last summer, so volunteers can eat their own lunch well distanced from each other. Everyone on site wears masks at all times.
There is still someone on site to answer the phone, but you may not get an answer immediately because they may be busy outside.