In November 2017, the Foundation awarded £25,000 to Jamie’s Farm to help turn a newly purchased, working farm into a nurturing, residential site for disadvantaged young people.
The project involved building a new welcome barn with a dining hall and kitchen for the visiting children and staff; converting the main farmhouse into a comfortable living room and bedrooms and converting the old pigeon loft into two staff flats. The work was done to the highest possible standards to provide a calm, therapeutic and family like environment for the children and young people aged 10 to 16 to come and stay on five day, working trips. During these visits, the young people live and work on site, care for the livestock, help in the garden, prepare food and perform all the other day to day tasks of life on a farm. The first visits at this new site took place in January 2018.
The charity focuses particularly on helping those young adults who are facing many challenging circumstances in their personal lives, have been excluded from school and who may suffer from low self-esteem and behavioural problems.