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Bentley Urban Farm's Academy Of Being

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Bentley Urban Farm's Academy Of Being

Bentley Urban Farm's Academy Of Being

PermaFuture Agroecology Limited trading as Bentley Urban farm By PermaFuture Agroecology Limited trading as Bentley Urban farm

Life isn't about stuff, it is about experiences. So Bentley Urban Farm's 'Academy Of Being' will allow anyone to taste new fun, creative, active experiences in a safe, healthy outdoor environment.

Bentley Delivery stage

pledged of £3,613

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

When the Covid-19 crisis hit we opened up Bentley Urban Farm so that community groups, schools, artists and individuals could in a safe, socially distanced, outdoor environment. The engagement has been amazing and incredibly diverse. Apart from the food growing and ecology which we focused on we when we started, the site now regularly hosts art, music, therapy, bike repair, yoga, and even archery. The one thing which unites them is the feeling of physical and emotional well-being everyone feels working and creating in our unique environment. Our 'Academy Of Being' will build on this by offering new taster sessions in an even more diverse range of activities, each one designed to encourage greater mental and physical well-being. What is more we will do so in a way which allows people to choose what activities we focus on at future events. The main focus is getting people in our communities to try something new in a safe environment. The worse kind of regrets are the things you don't do.

What we'll deliver:

  • Deliver three months of unique experiences for Doncaster people every Sunday afternoon
  • Create gateways for people to discover and pursue a diverse range of activities
  • Bring people together in a safe, outdoor, inter-generational environment to help combat social isolation
  • Encourage the development of new social groups

Why it's a great idea:

The project is designed to combat the social isolation and other physical and mental issues associated with CV-19 lockdown. We already have a number of visitors to Bentley Urban Farm who are there simply to enjoy a safe, outdoor environment so that they can de-stress and feel less anxious. Often there will be other activities taking place which grab their interest when they visit. We want to formalise this by giving people a diverse number of reasons for visiting so that they're also exposed to a diverse range of activities which they may not previously thought about trying. The mental health benefits, both of being outdoors in a natural environment and of the social interaction of meeting new people, are both immense and immediate. We see a near instant change in people when they visit. We also get the opportunity to further our initial goals around introducing people to fresh, healthy, local food; teaching people how to grow; and improving ecological literacy in our communities.

Steps to get it done:

  • Launch the first and subsequent 'Academy Of Being' Sundays so that people get a better understanding of the project
  • The first Sunday of activities specially chosen by the participants themselves will be a major milestone
  • The first constituted group created by the project will prove that it was worthwhile

The project is designed to be self-directing. After the initial taster days we want the people of Doncaster to tell us what they'd like to try next. This creates a fluid, ever-changing project, but one which is guaranteed to keep people hooked.


Location Bentley

About the space

Bentley Urban Farm


Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

How will the money be spent?Total £3,612

Tutor fees (12 x £150) - £1,800 (50%)
Equipment hire and/or purchase - £1,500 (42%)
Other - £312 (9%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Tutor fees (12 x £150)
Equipment hire and/or purchase
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £3,612

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