Our Story...

Beetle Bank Social Farm has been up and running since 2017. It was founded by Justin Mazzotta with support from Andy and Brian and other people living with dementia. We have worked together to create a structure to our days which has a balance of work, rest and banter!

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Andy                                            Justin                                              Brian


Beetle Bank Social Farm was created because of the need for services based outdoors. Traditional types of care such as day centres don’t suit everyone. We offer an opportunity for people with dementia and other needs to come together and participate in the running of a working farm. Here we can maintain personal value and a positive status.

Since the beginning, we have been learning how our group members prefer to be involved in the running of the farm. We try to enable people to be involved, whatever their difficulties, by learning about their abilities and interests. See our 'evaluation of service user involvement' document at the end of this page to find out more about what we've learnt.

“We are a small group of people work well together” (Brian, group member)

“In a way we’re very lucky. We’re doing this, we’re doing that” (Peter, group member)

‘I like being active, I like having things to do’ (Keith, group member)

"It gets me out of house and gives me a chance to meet people. Also gives me a chance to learn how to cope with my illness by observing other people" (Nigel, group member)

Read our commissioning case study below. This is a case study involving Mary Thompson, a Social Worker in York who has referred people into our service.


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                  An evaluation of

                  service user involvement