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Deputy Police Commissioner poised to launch new facilities at offender rehabilitation farm

Derbyshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa is set to open a new recovery café and training facilities at a farm helping ex-offenders rebuild their lives.

Mr Dhindsa will visit Rhubarb Farm in Langwith on Thursday, January 28 to unveil the farm’s new amenities which will enhance the recovery work the charity undertakes with former substance misusers, the unemployed and ex-offenders.

The new training cabin, which was funded by Commissioner Charles, provides a training room and private office/meeting space. These facilities enable the Farm to run more courses for those who come to the Farm as volunteers.

The Recovery Café has been funded by Derbyshire County Council’s Drug and Alcohol Team which enables Rhubarb Farm to employ Drug and Alcohol Workers to support people recovering from substance misuse, while a water harvesting tank and irrigation system was installed following a grant from the Limestone Journeys Project, funded by the Heritage Lottery. The tank will help the Farm to save money by harvesting water from the two polytunnels, which produce 66,000litres of water every year.

Rhubarb Farm is a horticultural social enterprise which helps to improve the volunteers’ lives by encouraging them to take an active role within society again. The Farm grows fruit and vegetables on a small scale for vegetable bags and local customers.

Participants are involved in every step of the production process and take a hands-on approach to farming to increase their confidence and provide them with new skills that they can use in the work place.

Commissioner Charles said: “I’m very impressed with the work undertaken by Rhubarb Farm to give these workers a new focus and purpose and steer them away from their previous criminal activities. In fact, the enterprise has been so successful that many have gone on to secure employment.

“The new facilities will no doubt enhance the work at the Farm and give more recovering drug or alcohol abusers and ex-offenders the chance of a fresh start, which has benefits for the wider public and supports my beliefs that prevention is the key to a safer Derbyshire.”

The Recovery, Rainwater and Rehabilitation event will be also attended by Rosalie Weetman, Senior Commissioning Manager, Substance Misuse, the PCC and a member of the Limestone Journeys Panel. 

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Posted on Monday 18th January 2016
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