Who We Are
Jigsaw Farm can be found in County Tyrone, nestled between the Ballinderry River and the shores of Lough Neagh. It is an idyllic location in a protected RAMSAR site and offers panoramic view across the five counties which border the shores of the largest lake in Ireland. The vast waters of Lough Neagh make it feel like an ocean and the farmland that surround it is rippled with history, heritage, nature and beauty.
Established in 2015 by Phelim and Joanna Devlin Jigsaw Farm has been in the family for generations and is primarily composed of suckler cows and sheep on a commercial basis and is complemented by all the other animals you would expect to see in a traditional farmyard. With their personal experience of the joys and challenges of caring for loved ones with a disability they decided to diversify and the social enterprise Jigsaw farm was born.
More than just a farm
Jigsaw Farm was founded on principles of equality, social inclusion, voluntary community development and collaboration. We are a locally-led, community-based, shared service that provides farming and social inclusion opportunities to people who are socially, physically, mentally or intellectually disadvantaged within our local community giving them the opportunity to spend time on a family farm in a healthy, supportive and inclusive environment.
Focusing on peoples potential rather
A participant can choose the amount of time they spend on the farm and which activities they wish to do. They may be interested in activities such as gardening, horticulture, animal care while in the outdoors or baking bread, or jam and cheese making as part of our indoor range. We will tailor a package that suits the person and work with them to develop their true potential. Jigsaw Farm schedules activities that takes place in a safe and supportive environment encouraging individuals to realise their desires and interests. Our primary focus remains on encouraging participants to socialise, gain confidence and build relationships in our farm community.
Social Farming provides an alternative to those who are in need of additional care. It has many benefits a cross multiple dimensions of wellbeing including:
- Participants gaining onsite qualifications and experiences leading to progression into further training / education.
- Improved levels of social confidence and an increased capacity to interact and communicate with others within the farm and local community.
- Development of new interests and skill sets which can be progressed.
- Increased sense of self-worth and belief.
We aspire to maintain a place of connection, cohesion and belonging, where neighbours become friends, participants become a community.
We have developed a set of values that represent this desire, act as guiding principles to our decision-making and are at the very heart of all our activities.
To realise our vision and uphold our values we will endeavour to create a safe, comfortable, welcoming and well-maintained environment.
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