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Project information

Oldfield Therpuetic Care Farm and Skills Projects

Our request is support towards new skills projects offering educational activities for disadvantaged children, young people & adults. We aim to encourage them towards a positive lifestyle & improved relationships through a range of traditional country crafts, horticultural & equestrian activities.

January 2016 - December 2016

Charity information: Good News Family Care (Homes) Ltd

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  • Need


    Local statistics indicate that socially & economically deprived families are stuck in a cyclical pattern of disadvantage leading to family breakdown, domestic abuse & addiction that we seek to address. Having catered residentially for over 1,000 women and children from all over the UK, over 2,800 people in total, including day projects for men & women, GNFC is well placed to provide activities that strengthen family bonds & break the cycle of dysfunction for the next generation


    We will provide a range of activities to encourage families to work/play together, enjoy the countryside & learn new skills. Additional buildings & land will provide educational activities for children & adults including those with lower level mobility to access equestrian, traditional country crafts & horticulture projects. Skills projects for young people help prepare them for work & a productive lifestyle. A Structured Recovery Programme of work skills/courses empowers women towards sobriety,

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To save & extend our Therapuetic Care Farm & Skills Projects to support fragile & marginalise people


    » Develop our Care Farm land & buildings to increase opportunities for disadvantaged men, women, young people & create new children's/family activities.
    » Pursue the most generous, exciting & challenging opportunity to purchase our Care Farm in annual payments over up to 10 yrs .

    What success will look like

    With participant involvement we will fundraise for the purchase, build an outdoor riding arena, develop barn for indoor riding area, create a nature school area/ shelter/facilities

  • Impact


    The farm facilities will be improved/extended. Participants will be included in planning & development of facilities, so developing new skills & confidence & strengthening relationalteamwork skills. Client Evaluation/Reviews will capture individual's progress & progress of developments. New projects will include development of Livery Yard skills project linked to recognised courses for young people, nature school sessions for nursery and primary school groups, ASDAN training to level 2 initially


    The risk that insufficient funds will be available to complete projects.

    We have dealt with this risk by:
    Staging development of projects over the course of the year. This will allow time for further funds to be gained if necessary.
    Prioritising developments so that income can be gained through charges and support payments, so releasing funds to pursue the next stage of developments.


    We will report to donors through:
    Bi-monthly email bulletins
    A 6 month progress report
    A final 12 month report of all activities and outcomes.
    We will invite donors to visit the projects at a time convenient to them during the course of the year.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Outdoor Arena Building costs for arena including plant hire and materials
      £5,000 Equestrian Project Equipment for riding/driving arenas
      £2,000 Horticulture Project Tools/equipment/resources for poly-house & garden
      £3,000 Nature School Build/equip shelter, fencing, natural wooden play activities for children, picnic benches & table
      £5,000 ASDAN Training Cost of training trainers/equipment
  • Background


    Good News Family Care is based in the heart of the Peak District & serves the East Midlands & North West regions. The farm is situated in the beautiful Goyt Valley, an area of outstanding beauty & ecologic interest, but is rarely accessed by our client group, despite being within easy reach of the surrounding towns.


    Local area statistics indicate that socially & economically deprived families are stuck in a cyclical pattern of disadvantage leading to the issues that we seek to address. Clients of all ages & typically people affected by addiction, mental health issues (varying degrees recently of a more significant nature than previously), ex-prisoners & people on probation, disaffected young people & long-term unemployed, frequently second or third generations. Sessions arranged according to specific groups

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The growing need for our work & affordable programmes is self evident. Over the past 20 years our services have catered residentially for approximately 1,000 women & children from all over the UK, and over 2,800 people in total, including day project services for both men & women. The farm projects have been firmly established on rented neighbouring farmland & buildings for 14 years & have supported more than 500 people who have accessed projects for prolonged periods until stabilised & equipped

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Debbie Adams

    Debbie Adams is a motivational enthusiastic team member who has committed herself to the work of the projects for over 3 years intially as a volunteer

    Ann Ridgeway

    Ann Ridgeway is GNFC's Project Development Manager who oversees the research on costings, feasability and setting up of each of our new projects.

“work on the farm has introduced me to a whole new possibility of future job opportunities and I am hopeful that I will be returning to employment”

Mrs S. C