Their powerful formula of Farming, Family and Therapy, delivered via a five-day residential and rigorous follow-up programme, addresses the root causes of exclusion by equipping vulnerable children to thrive during their secondary school years. Working in partnership with schools as we recognise that for impact to be greatest, it’s necessary to empower and support schools in order to make changes last. Specifically, the programme is designed to improve behaviour, boost engagement and improve well-being by building soft-skills such as self-esteem.
Jamie’s Farm are committed to:
· A preventative approach;
· Building long term partnerships with schools and charities that bring children to Jamie’s Farm;
· Giving children a framework of support that will allow the impact of the farm on self-esteem, relationships and behaviour to continue beyond the farm.
The farm environment is homely and cosy, steering away from the institutional set up of school and instead encourages togetherness and an escape from the challenges of normal life. On day one, all mobile phones and electronics are handed in, to ensure there is a real distance from pressures at home. In small groups of 10-12, children live and work on-site, supported by experienced staff who focus activities on positive and tangible outcomes.
A visit to Jamie’s Farm does not end when young people leave. Alongside their core components of farming, family and therapy is a Legacy strand. Through this, they support schools and students when they return, to embed the changes and achieve a greater long-term impact.