The Local Community
Farnham Weyside supports many groups in the local community. Some of this help is financial when we raise funds from different activities. Some of our help is practical, which can be just as important
Farnham Weyside supports many groups in the local area. Among them are
Bells Piece Care Home
Surrounded by beautiful gardens, Bells Piece, a Leonard Cheshire home, is home for 13 adults with learning disabilities. It is a mile away on the outskirts of Farnham.
For the 13 adults living there it is a safe and friendly place with high quality care and nursing. The team is dedicated and experienced and supports the idea of independent, healthy and active living.
Staff and volunteers run individual and group activities including gardening, arts and crafts.
In 2020 Bells Piece is celebrating 40 years!
The Challengers organisation was established in Guildford in 1979 and now has Play and Youth Centres in Guildford and Farnham.
They provide safe, fun places and activities for children and young people from aged 2 to 25. At Challengers, they have been challenging the barriers to play for 40 years. They provide a fun environment for disabled children and young people. At their schemes, children and young people can make friends and have the opportunity to try exciting new activities.
At the same time, families with disabled children can use these short breaks to pursue activities such as shopping or spending time with their other children. This provides a positive impact for families and the wider community alongside service delivery across South East England.
They never exclude a child or young person and ensuring services are designed to meet the needs and desires of every child and young person that uses their services.
They also deliver high quality training and employment and volunteering opportunities that are developed to enhance the wellbeing of disabled children and young people.
All staff are educated to help them understand disability and take those views into society to help shape and change perception.
Farnham Community Farm
known as Farnham Local Food
Founded in 2008, Farnham community farm is a local vegetable growing project, started by a group of people who felt there was a need for fresh, local produce, and a healthy attitude towards the production behind it.
Community Supported Agriculture is a partnership between producer and consumer where the risks and rewards of farming are shared. Their members commit to buying a share of their harvest, which in turn means they can commit to growing the crops. Their members feel connected to where their food comes from, and they know they are supporting a small-scale local producer who farms with care for the environment
They are concerned for the environment and our carbon footprint, and looking for food that has been produced sustainably; working with nature not against it.
They also like to shorten the chain between grower and consumer, and take back ownership of the food system.
Frensham Pond Sailability
Frensham Pond Sailability is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee (Charity Reg. No 1142761). It is part of, and fully integrated into, Frensham Pond Sailing Club
It offers first class facilities for people who require support to sail. It is based within the beautiful setting of Frensham Great Pond, near Farnham, in Surrey. Both the Sailing Club and Sailability take pride in the quality of the sailing, racing, training and safety programmes on offer for people of all ages and disabilities.
They welcome novice or experienced sailors, aged from 10 onwards, with a very wide range of disabilities or longer term illnesses. Sailors can attend independently as well as, subject to agreement on resource requirement, through organisations that support disabled people
Sailability have nearly 30 boats in their fleet. No previous experience of sailing is necessary. New sailors can go out with an experienced ‘buddy’ who will explain what sailing involves.
Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care
Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care is a local charity which cares for and supports patients and families living with an advanced or terminal illness. They support over 250 patients, relatives and carers every day, across the whole of West Surrey and part of North East Hampshire. The Hospice is located close to Farnham station,
Their Community team includes a number of specialist staff – Nurses and Doctors, as well as a Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Counsellor, Social Worker and a Complementary Therapist. This team works alongside GP’s and District Nurses providing specialist care to enable patients to stay at home. They give advice, support and act as link between patients and the Hospice Care team and will arrange an admission or an outpatient appointment if necessary.
Space 2 Grow
Space 2 Grow is a local organization which aims to improve the mental health of all sorts of people living in the local area by offering them the opportunity to connect with others in the great outdoors, through horticulture, conservation and conversation.
They also work with a variety of local organizations including children clubs, primary schools and most recently with the Farnham Maltings through an initiative called ‘Men In Sheds’.
Tices Meadow Nature Reserve
Tice's Meadow is a newly developed
nature reserve on the site of the former Farnham Quarry, located between
Badshot Lea and Tongham in Surrey, on the southern outskirts of Aldershot.
The habitats on site consist of a mosaic of open water, gravel islands and scrapes, reedbeds, scrub, woodland, ephemeral ponds and wet and dry grassland.
The site is widely considered one of the best inland sites to watch birds in the southeast of England.
The Woodlarks Centre
The Woodlarks Centre is an exceptional care home and activity centre situated in a beautiful location on the outskirts of Farnham. Their mission is to provide the highest quality of care and support for people with a range of disabilities, in a warm and stimulating environment. Although the centre was founded in 1949, people with disabilities have been enjoying outdoor activities, care and attention on this site in Farnham since 1930.
The home and grounds are spacious and fully accessible, giving residents the freedom to be independent.