ARK at EGwood CIC
31st August 2019
Acts of Random Kindness (ARK), is a land-based day facility at Egwood, near the village of Merriott in South Somerset. On 12 acres of land, it comprises animals, horticulture and communal buildings, and offers a range of activities, experiences and support services to improve health, wellbeing and opportunities for all.
Our approach is one that will build the ethos of community, through integrated intergenerational work.
Our objective is to provide individuals with a meaningful and worthwhile experience, whilst gaining skills, knowledge and confidence, to live life to their full potential, by enabling participation and inclusion.
ARK at Egwood provides - An intergenerational therapeutic land-based day service provision and therapeutic services including equine therapy, animal assisted learning and nature therapy. The activities of horticulture, animals husbandry and learning new skills, enables people to improve their wellbeing and become an active part of their community.
Active Support at ARK involves helping people to be actively, consistently, and meaningfully engaged in their own lives regardless of their support needs.
• To Be Engaged : Doing things; Participating; Spending time with others; Making decisions; Making choices.
• Actively : Each day; Through-out the day, whenever there is an opportunity;
• Consistently : With approaches that provide enough structure and predictability that people experience comfort, continuity, gaining a better ability to be engaged;
• Meaningfully : In ways that increase competence and opportunity; that help people be and stay connected to others (socially); that provide enhanced esteem; that are focused on the needs, preferences, and goals of the person.