Jamie’s Farm is recognised as a preventative solution to one of the most serious problems affecting vulnerable children and society today: social and academic exclusion. Founded in 2009, Jamie’s Farm delivers a powerful blend of ‘Farming, Family and Therapy’ now across four rural locations and will support over 1,800 children this academic year.
Farms in Herefordshire, Monmouthshire and East Sussex have extended the charity’s reach from its inaugural home and HQ just outside of Bath in Box village. Each farm can support 450 children a year via a unique five day hands-on residential and follow up programme that is proving to equip disadvantaged children to thrive during their secondary school years and to see their futures in a new light.
During their stay the children are made integral to the daily running of the livestock farms, in addition to helping with preparation of meals, gardening, carpentry, equine assisted therapy, art and a daily walk. The week is punctuated by 1:1 and group therapeutic sessions and children are encouraged to work hard and give and receive praise and positive feedback. Profound evidence for improved behaviour, self-esteem and engagement revealed that of all the children referred to Jamie’s Farm last year who were at risk of exclusion, 68% were no longer considered at risk following their visit.
Visit: jamiesfarm.org.uk to find out more.
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