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Project information

Cilthriew Kerry Farm

Ciltriew Kerry Farm is a place where people can be ‘parents rather than carers’ and where disabled and non-disabled offspring are simply children. It supports people to ‘see beyond what they know’, challenges them to try new things, and provides long-term transformation not just a supported break.


Charity information: Papworth Trust

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  • Need


    There are families who struggle to support a disabled family member, facing extraordinary and unacceptable pressures. They do not have the same opportunities as ‘non-disabled families’ for holidays due to limited provision and high incidences of poverty. What is currently available offers disabled people ‘what they already know’ with no additional therapeutic opportunities.


    Cilthriew Kerry Farm has been designed to meet the need for combined holiday and respite care, with added components of family support, healthy eating and therapeutic activity including animal husbandry and horticulture. The farm provides a retreat for families enabling them to remove themselves from their problems in their life and community. During the first two years, where funding has been secured, holidays are offered to families free of charge.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide more leisure opportunities for disabled people including holidays and short breaks.


    » Accommodate 130 families every year.
    » Look to extend the offer of free holidays beyond the secured funding which runs until July 2015.

    What success will look like

    Success will be reaching our target of welcoming 130 families every year on an on-going basis and extending the offer of free breaks.

    Aim 2

    Deliver support to families as a unit.


    » Provide a safe space where families can learn new strategies to overcome the difficulties that they face.
    » A self-management action plan will be developed to enable them to deal with the challenges they are facing.
    » Increased family harmony and tools to de-escalate tension within the home.
    » Support staff offer bespoke advice, guidance and stress coping strategies, which will continue when they return home.

    What success will look like

    We will demonstrate success by measuring each family’s progress against their self-management action plan, as well as by those who volunteer to become coaches.

    Aim 3

    Improve the health and well-being of disabled people and their families.


    » Stress reducing activities, including animal and horticulture therapy, opportunities for play and exercise, and ‘chill-out’ time.
    » Engage families in growing and eating their own food and learning about the health benefits.
    » Awareness of simple but effective ways to remain healthy at no additional cost.
    » Make areas surrounding the farm, including the woodland, fully accessible and develop space for outdoor activities.

    What success will look like

    We will use evaluative studies to measure changes in mental health and well-being.

    Aim 4

    Enhance the independent living skills of disabled people.


    » Skills to integrate and share with their community through outreach activity.
    » Increased awareness of routes to employment, including social enterprise and self-employment.
    » A reduced reliance on social and state support and vulnerability to the stresses associated with such support.
    » By sharing in horticultural and animal husbandry activities family members develop practical skills.

    What success will look like

    Success will be an increase in visitors who find a route into employment and a reduction in reliance on support.

    Aim 5

    Create stronger communities.


    » A stronger community is created amongst the families who come to the farm through shared experiences and support.
    » Families are supported to take the knowledge that they have learned home with them to share with their wider community.
    » Families can return to the farm for the annual camp and keep in touch through the website and social media.
    » Embed the farm and its activities within the local farming community, supporting local rural business.

    What success will look like

    We will hold network meetings for families that attend the retreat, enabling them to share their experiences and feedback.

  • Impact


    Improved healthy eating and positive changes to mental and physical health will reduce people’s reliance on NHS services.

    In sharing our learning with other organisations and the wider public we will be able to encapsulate key elements and thus improve outcomes for families. We can also challenge negative attitudes and exclusion by society.

    We will demonstrate success by monitoring the families that meet their objectives and the growth in positive attitudes.


    Increased revenue costs due to unforeseen circumstances. Weekly, monthly and quarterly financial reviews will be put in place to manage this.

    A risk register will be monitored and updated regularly – risk tolerance will be set which will trigger escalation of any risk considered too high to proceed without approval.


    Monthly project updates will be reported to our donors which will assess if the project is on track and communicate any changes.

    Information will be available on our website, including videos and case studies.

    Donors will be invited to open days and to attend the official opening.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £360,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £330,000 Overheads Yearly costs including staff, utilities, marketing, management / administration
      £30,000 External developments Making woodland and outdoor areas accessible. Creating spaces for outdoor activities

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Big Lottery Fund £1,994,063 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The farm is located in rural Wales, near the small village of Kerry (population 2,018), in the border counties near Newtown in Pwys. It is situated in beautiful rolling countryside with abundant foot paths, 1,372 hectares of woodland, and 30 hectares of sites of special scientific interest. There are five employment sectors – agriculture, health and social work, education, manufacturing and retail, which provide 70% of employment opportunities.


    The project works with a range of families, including people who have physical or learning disability, sensory impairment, acquired disability, progressive illness, mental ill-health and those with complex health needs. Families of all ages are welcomed.

    The local community which surrounds the farm will be strengthened, through access to the farm, and its opportunities for commerce, employment and volunteering.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Papworth Trust has extensive experience in all of its operational areas of supporting people to develop bespoke personal plans which provide a route map towards their aspirations. We have extensive experience of supporting families and of providing accessible housing solutions which meet the needs of the individual and the family. We have drawn on our experience of running green / horticultural projects and have involved disabled people in our consultations.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr Duberly, CBE LL, Chair Of The Papworth Trust Board (1992-2012)

    Also chair of Shuttleworth Agricultural College and will bring his agricultural expertise.

    Judy Pearson, Vice President

    Judy owns and runs a mixed farm and will bring her skills and knowledge to the project.

    Helena Harris, Head Of Operations

    Helena who helped shape this project was a partner in a farm for 15 years.

    Bridget Orchard, Fundraising Manager

    Bridget co-managed a 13 acre small holding which provided work experience opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

What our pilot project families think


Gives a family a break for a week

“Lucy just wants to be with people now, rather than be on her own. Lucy always used to stay in her bedroom. It’s made her more sociable with us.”

Sheila, Lucy’s mum