We want to have a ‘Net Positive’ impact on the communities in which we operate.
We have supported FarmAbility, an on-farm day service for adults with learning disabilities and autism, since it was founded. We provide a base, facilities and farm access for the charity at our farm in Oxford, UK.
When I get home after a day at FarmAbility, I feel as though I have been smiling all day. It makes me feel really special. The peace and tranquillity helps to control my epilepsy. It gives me peace of mind.
FarmAbility combines the rich ingredients of the farming environment (nature, animals, and purposeful activities) with an approach that supports people to progress through meaningful occupation.
FarmAbility’s ‘enabling’ approach, which incorporates learning from Occupational Therapy and other relevant practice, considers each person’s specific interests, needs and abilities in order to encourage independence, choice and autonomy through the development of skills and the building of confidence.
We believe in investing in the local communities in which we work through our school outreach work.
In Thailand, we work closely with the local community providing equipment and training in Health, Safety and the Environment. Our team visited a school and donated tools such as fire extinguishers and traffic cones to create a safer environment for the children.
At our facilities in São Paulo we work with school children (9 – 11 years) from underprivileged areas providing education about how their food is produced and nurturing their skills.
It’s rewarding to see the children working as part of a team out on the farm. It’s important to give them a sense of purpose and help them find enjoyment in what they are doing.
Our team works closely with schools and teachers to tailor each students’ training and provide extra activities that expand their knowledge, allowing them to take their learnings back to their families and neighbours.
Read what our charities say about us
Sarah Giles is Director of FarmAbility, a charity that runs a programme for co-farmers (people with learning disabilities and autism) based at our site in Wytham, Oxford. Below she shares why she nominated Benchmark for the Oxford Business Charity Awards 2018.Read more
Benchmark scoops 2018 charitable award
Benchmark won the award after being nominated by FarmAbility. Benchmark were one of dozens of Oxfordshire businesses and individuals recognised at the 2018 Local Business Charity Awards held on 5th June 2018.Read more