What Is Rural Care?

Rural Care is a day provision that provides work related experiences for people with learning disabilities and/or mental health issues in a supportive and caring environment. We are based over 2 sites in Hertfordshire: Church Farm, a 175 acre farm in Ardley and Aldenham Country Park, a 100 acre country park surrounding a 60 acre lake.


Something for Everyone

  • Co-Farmers work in small mixed ability teams in a variety of jobs to suit individual interests, needs, and abilities

  • Co-Farmers are supported by fully qualified and experienced staff

  • Students help look after livestock, harvest fruit and vegetables, and work in the farm store, cafe, and kitchen to package and process food


Our Person Centered Approach

Everyone who attends Rural Care is treated as an individual, and a person centered support plan is created for each Co-Farmer. We encourage active experiences and learning in an environment where we challenge, nurture, and enable people.

What we offer here can help to bridge the gap between school/college and independent living. By developing life and social skills, we increase self esteem, confidence, and encourage stability.

We have seen that purposeful outdoor activities aid mental health and emotional well-being.


Getting Involved Is Easy!

Give us a ring or email us for an application form and to arrange a visit to to either site. After this, you will be invited to a taster. During this day, you will be involved with a variety of jobs to assess what you like and how much support you need. Co-Farmers are charged according to their support needs – low, medium, or high.

Volunteers are welcome to help out with Rural Care or may work on their own and enjoy the tranquility of the farm.


Contact Details

Ann De Bock, Rural Care Director: 07507 890245


Church Farm, Ardeley, Hertfordshire SG2 7AH

Aldenham Country Park, Aldenham Road, Elstree, Hertfordshire WD6 3BA

Rural Care is open 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Monday – Friday throughout the year




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