Social Farming sits well with New Directions HSE Policy – Brian Smyth

The conference attracted a wide range of stakeholders including the farming community; representatives of health and social services, rural development agency representatives as well the departments and agencies responsible for rural development in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Brian Smyth, Deputy CEO of Leitrim Development Company, who chaired the afternoon workshop session said that “Social farming was really good example of community inclusion which meets all of the requirements & value of New Directions*”

*New Directions is the HSE policy for non-residential supports (day services) to adults with a disability.

According to New Directions, these supports should be individualised outcome-focussed supports, which will enable adults with a disability to live a life of their choosing in their community, in accordance with their own wishes.

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