The future of Thrift Farm
Thrift Farm has been supporting adults with learning difficulties for over 40 years. As a former Bucks care service it provides day opportunities and supports employment for around 75 people.
In January 2019, the decision was made to potentially close the farm unless a new provider could be found.
Following a public consultation and a review of business proposals, it was announced on 16 September 2019 the farm would remain open and run by a new provider. Visit the Thrift Farm website.
A public consultation ran between 13 February and 9 April 2019. Drop in sessions at the farm cafe were added and an online questionnaire was created.
Members of the public, staff, service users, and carers were asked:
- if anyone had a viable proposal for services to continue at Thrift Farm
- how closure of the service might affect them personally
- how we could lessen any negative affect on them
- what else we should consider when taking the decision about the future of Thrift Farm
Business plans submitted
We asked organisations who were interested to submit a business plan for future operation of the farm.
A multi-disciplinary panel then looked at the plans in detail and a preferred provider was identified.
Keeping the farm open
View the details of the Thrift Farm decision.
This new company will use their combined expertise and experience to create a sustainable future for Thrift Farm.
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