changemakers

Sarah Giles

Oxford, United Kingdom

Sarah began as a volunteer at FarmAbility, and became Programme Director in 2014. Sarah has worked for nearly 20 years in charities, first with refugees and asylum seekers in London and Birmingham, and then for a small international NGO working with Palestinian civil society organisations in the West Bank, Gaza and Israel. Moving to Oxford in 2010, Sarah worked freelance for several charities before coming across FarmAbility in 2012, which at that time was a small project based on FAI Farms.

The FarmAbility team share a belief in the transformative power of outdoor, purposeful activities and the team have diverse backgrounds in farming, education, occupational therapy and publishing.

Sarah believes that FarmAbility provides the continued learning and development that many people with learning disabilities and autism need in order to find their meaningful place in society.

sankalpa grants have facilitated the fantastic outcomes we see every day in the FarmAbility gardens:

A shared meal with vegetables harvested from the FarmAbility garden enjoyed in the atmosphere of the FarmAbility lunch space is like any friendly working environment, and a long way from many sedentary, entertainment-focused day services.

Sarah Giles, programme director at FarmAbility
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