Farm Three: Fit For Purpose
The high demand for our ‘Farming, Family & Therapy’ programme means we are at capacity at our existing farms. As such we want to set up a third farm to enable more disadvantaged children to thrive socially and emotionally, and excel in education. This project will fund this exciting new chapter.
January 2017 - January 2018
Every year thousands of children are permanently excluded from school. This costs society £650m a year; and once excluded, the likelihood of criminal activity and unemployment drastically increases. Low self-esteem, poor behaviour, not engaging with school and underdeveloped soft skills all contribute to this, caused by a variety of underlying issues such as being in care, SEN, young carers and abuse and neglect.
Our programme reduces the risk of exclusion for disadvantaged children by boosting their self-esteem, engagement with school, behaviour and soft skills. From our third site we will host week-long residential visits including activities such as farming, gardening, cooking & horse work, in addition to 1:1 and group therapy. We provide real jobs with tangible outcomes that are designed to develop personal character qualities and create a loving, holding framework that allows children to succeed.
Develop Farm Three to be fit for purpose; bringing 'Farming, Family & Therapy' to more young people
Activities» Staff – we have recruited an exceptional Education Manager. Alongside our CEO she will build an experienced team to support in programme delivery.
» Premises – once the farm purchase completes (using legacy funds designated for this purpose) we will develop the site to be ready to receive groups.
» Programme – we will purchase the necessary equipment for our practical and therapeutic activities.
Success will be demonstrated through the recruitment of an experienced and skilled delivery team, and a site ready to deliver successful and safe visits.
Expanding to a third site will enable us to reach an additional 500 children each year, and build greater capacity in the education sector through providing CPD opportunities to staff and volunteers. Our monitoring over a variety of timescales has demonstrated significant and sustained improvements in children's soft and interpersonal skills such as self-esteem, resilience and life satisfaction, in addition to fewer fixed term and permanent exclusions and re-engagement with educational life.
Risks which could affect the project include a purchase falling through, not finding suitable staff or funding for set-up costs, school cuts etc. These risks faced the purchase of our second site for which we put in a number of measures, including a thorough SWOT analysis, to overcome them. Staff spend time at our inaugural sites for induction prior to the site opening, we have a dedicated fundraising team, and programme sales team building our reputation in schools.
We will report to donors through our monthly e-newsletter and annual impact report, in addition to using social media and supporter updates. Due to the scale of this project we will send quarterly updates to donors during year 1 showing how the project is progressing.
Budget - Project Cost: £101,830Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £18,000 Premises Costs Furnishing, security, health and safety, house keeping £6,000 Student Activities Art materials and equipment, visit sundry equipment £56,330 Staff salaries Educational Manager, visit coordination and farm activity £13,000 Staff and volunteers costs Volunteer expenses (1 per week), contract and part-time staff, professional development £8,500 Miscellaneous Kitchen equipment, fuel for farm vehicles, telecom and internet
The exact location of our third Farm is yet to be finalised. Despite this our CEO is working hard to locate the appropriate site, based on research undertaken by a variety of consultants surrounding our expansion. It should be no more than 2 hours from our existing sites, to ensure staff feel part of the charity. Furthermore, it should extend our reach into the W Midlands and N West. It also needs to be affordable and with the right potential to develop accommodation and farming infrastructure.
Many of the children we support come from low income families and have SEN ranging from autism to severe dyslexia. Many describe turbulent deprived home lives, drug and alcohol use, abuse and domestic violence, highly sexualised environments, neglect and criminal activity. Some are looked after children or young carers. The majority come from deprived inner-city areas; 75% from London, 9% Birmingham, 9% Bath/Bristol. We also have a positive impact on visiting staff through CPD training.
Since its inception Jamie’s Farm has established itself as a pioneering charity, which is achieving some highly impactful outcomes, sharing best practice, building capacity in the education sector (providing CPD training to education professionals) and we are growing at an ambitious, yet sustainable, rate. We have the support of engaged funders - corporate, trusts and individuals. The Big Give will help us leverage this support to a higher level to achieve our vision.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
CEO - overseeing the purchase of Farm Three, set up and overall project budget, supporting with fundraising
Director of Programmes - ensuring high quality visits can operate out of Farm Three, building reputation within schools and securing bookings
Education Manager - new team member recruited to manage the programme at Farm Three, starting training at inaugural Wiltshire Farm in Autumn 2016
Fundraising and Marketing - marketing the project through comms channels and events, keeping supporters informed and securing new funds
“Rob absolutely loved being on the farm. He’s been so aggressive lately. He’s had many issues going on, wouldn’t open up to anybody- refused counselling and kept everything to himself getting angrier and confused. He’s like a changed person. He’s a pleasure to be around, all down to your dedication"