Testimonials From The Employers

  • Darren McCabe came to our farm from Drumlin House as well as two other participants from services in Cavan. They came to the farm one day a week for 30 weeks, learning many new skills  while embarking on a journey of self-development. Social interaction while on the farm and in the  local community has helped to transform confidence levels and new friendships have been made. It was a very positive experience for all involved.
    Jackie Moeran
    Social Farming Pilot Farmer

  • The fact that Elaine is here for the last number of years shows how well it works. She is a hard worker and gets on great with customers. In fact some come in especially to see Elaine
    John McMahon
    Johns Plaice, Emyvale

  • I would tell anyone to give him a chance, whatever job he does he does it to perfection
    Mary McCaffrey
    Railway Bar Belturbet, speaking about Francis Kelly

  • Patricia has been working here for over a year now, she’s vey good at her job and gets on well with all the staff and children. It is great having Patricia as part of the team.
    Mary Farrelly
    Manager, Cootehill Community Childcare Creche, speaking about Patricia Keogh

  • Sean always displayed great enthusiasm and eagerness for the activities planned each day, he was always willing to learn and also to listen to any Health and Safety instructions. There were a broad range of tasks carried out on the farm in particular Sean appeared to enjoy feeding cattle hay/silage during the winter months and restoring the old Fordson tractor. Sean was very meticulous with the paint and made sure it was well brushed on. He got on well with the other participants, with members of my family and anyone else who came about the place. Sean was very easy to work with, we enjoyed having him on the farm.

    Social Farming Pilot Farmer
  • Francis and Robert soon became involved in everything that was going on. They loved tending vegetables and flowers and they were meticulous at weeding. Francis loved housekeeping and bringing in logs for the fire. Robert liked bringing in vegetables for the dinner and collecting eggs. We all became great friends and were very sad on the day that they finished the pilot programme.
    Dessie Harrington Social Farming Pilot Farmer

Testimonials From The Participants

  • Having a job is doing something good for yourself, I like getting out a bit more and meeting other people, the staff are lovely, I like stacking the shelves and helping out in the store room.
    Sinead Moran
    Centra Emyvale, Co. Monaghan

  • I like showing customers where things are, it has given me more confidence, I would like to learn more and do more things. I’m getting to know more people and I like getting my own money
    Leona Connolly
    Centra, Belturbet, Co. Cavan

  • I like meeting and dealing with customers, everybody knows me. I like helping my friend in the store and getting paid. It keeps me occupied and I go to the Christmas party with the staff, it’s nice to be asked out.
    Mark Mc Elroy
    Mace, Smithborough, Co. Monaghan & Mc Mahons, Scotstown, Co. Monaghan

  • I like working in the crèche, I clean the toys, help get lunch ready and clean the staffroom, the staff are really nice and I like working with them
    Patricia Keogh
    Cootehill Community Childcare, Cootehill, Co. Cavan

  • I like to make new friends and meet new people, I like working with shrubs, weeding and cutting back and working with flowers. Having a job means I get extra money and I like a change
    Francis Kelly
    Mountain View Garden Centre, Bawnboy, Co. Cavan

  • I like all the staff and getting paid, I like doing different things, doing the bottles, stock and bringing in sticks and tidying up. I like having a job like the rest of my brothers and sisters
    Robert Kelly
    The Seven Horse Shoes, Belturbet, Co. Cavan