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Farm Supporting Vulnerable in Dorchester Re-Opens

Cllr Mann Whitfield Opening

2:55pm 29th August 2014

A farm on the outskirts of Dorchester, especially developed to help people with poor mental health, has re-opened its doors.

NHS-owned Whitfield was closed 18 months ago, but the centre is now leased out to Future Roots - an organisation that provides outdoor activities for people who need a bit more support.

Mayor of Dorchester Councillor Peter Mann was there to open the new look centre, which had been renovated by local volunteers.

Julie McDougall, Care Farm Co-ordinator at Whitfield, said: "We offer support to all those in the community who need a little extra support for whatever reason. It might be poor mental health, social isolation or a loss in the family or any amount of reasons."

"We've had a really good turnout; lots of local people have come and supported us. I'd like to say a thank you to all the businesses that have supported us, but in particular to the Wessex Group, who have offered their time free of charge, and to Carpet Select, who have given us and laid two carpets."

Julie Plumley, Director of Future Roots, added how thankful she was: "We've had some great people come in and give us carpets, bags of stones and all sorts of things. We need more business support because there's so much more that we've got to do to the site to get it up and running, so we need things like carpentry board, we need people that are willing to give their time to turn our sheds into a coffee shed and all sorts of things."

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