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Our Story...

Beetle Bank Social Farm was created in 2017 because of the need to improve support services for people with dementia in the York area. 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.

This way we can be social, active and maintain a positive social status. 

Recently we have started another new service known as cognitive rehabilitation which you can read about on the page with that name. 

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Andy                                            Justin                                              Brian

Hi my name is Nigel and I have been diagnosed with vascular dementia. I have been appointed Co-Director of Beetle Bank Social Farm. My role is to assist Justin in helping deal with activities the group are involved with and also direct the group when it comes to gardening and try to advise on what materials are needed to help our plants grow. With yours and Justin's help, we will have a long and happy journey.

Best wishes, Nigel. 


“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, Director and group member)

"looking after all the animals is what I like" (Graham, 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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Read our evaluation of service user involvement to see what we learnt about involving our service users.

Open the file to read our evaluation of service user involvement

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