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Farms for City Children

Farms for City Children

Charity information

Farms for City Children

We are a children's education charity founded in Devon in 1976 by well known children’s writer Michael Morpurgo and his wife Clare. 3,200 inner city children each year stay with us on our farms.

Founded 1976

  • Mission statement

    Our charity’s aim is to develop children’s potential, build up self-esteem and to enrich the lives of thousands of children from our inner cities, large towns and many deprived rural areas each year.

    We provide a seven-day stay on one of our 3 farms in the heart of the beautiful British countryside. Over 3,000 children stay with us each year from our crowded towns and cities. All of the children are aged between 8 and 11, very many are disadvantaged and many have special educational needs.

    It is hard to believe that there are children who have never walked down a country lane, looked up at a sky full of stars, let alone collected a freshly laid egg, fed a pig, hand milked goats or groomed a horse! The amazement on a child’s face as he or she experiences something that many of us take for granted is quite something to behold and some children may never do these things again in their lives.

    Children with special educational needs, behavioural problems, those who find it difficult to ‘fit in’ and those with language difficulties benefit hugely
    as they all find something they are good at on our farms. This helps to build up their self-esteem, communication skills and therefore their self confidence.

    Once here they are involved in all aspects of a busy farm life. They help with milking the cows, feeding all of the animals, lambing, calving, looking after the donkeys and horses, tending the vegetable garden, checking the livestock in the fields and learning to cook!

  • Aims

    Farms for City Children aims to:

    • We help to develop children’s potential and build up self-esteem by having them to stay for a whole week, working as a team on one of our real working farms in Devon, Gloucestershire & Pembrokeshire.
    • We offer thousands of children from inner cities & large towns a life enhancing, and sometimes life changing opportunity. Something the school curriculum doesn't normally have access to.
  • Overview

    Established: July 1976

    Registered Charity Number: 325120

    Board members: 10

    Full time staff: 10

    Part time staff: 45

    Volunteers: 52

    Phone number: 01392 276678

    Address: Exeter Community Centre, 17 St Davids Hill, Exeter EX4 3RG

    View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
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