Jamie's Farm

Farming, Family, Therapy & Legacy: 2,000 children

Help Jamie’s Farm to bring ‘Farming, Family, Therapy & Legacy’ to 2,000 vulnerable children each year. We believe all children can thrive in education – the consequences of exclusion or poor mental wellbeing can be catastrophic if alternative help is not provided. We can do more, with your support.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1129544)

Campaign target

£100,000

Amount raised

£105,992

Donations

139

Championed by The Childhood Trust

  • Overall it was an unforgettable and life changing experience for all the students. If only all young people could have this opportunity.

    — Teacher, Harris Academy St John’s Wood

  • Many of our young people feel worthless and unlikeable – the Farm helps to prove otherwise...it means the world to them. Our young people have not had, and are unlikely to have, an opportunity like this and the memories they make during our stay will last a lifetime.

    — Deputy Head, Hillingdon Virtual School

  • At the end of the day I am now so confident within myself and around people. The experience is life changing and I would recommend it to everyone!

    — Amy, age 16

  • My son has recently had a stay with you. I received your letter today reporting how he got on and recognising the points of why he struggles. May I say, on behalf of myself and my son, you are offering an amazing opportunity to children that are misunderstood and need a chance.

    — Mum, shared on Facebook

Situation

1 in 7 11-16 year olds have a mental health disorder; 45% of these young people leave school before the age of 15; each day 35 children are excluded from school; 1 in 2 of those excluded have a recognised mental health problem and will go on to make up the majority of the prison population. Over their lifetime, an excluded child will cost the taxpayer £370,000. We want all children to thrive in education. At Jamie’s Farm, we offer a preventative solution to empower young people to change course.

Solution

Jamie’s Farm reduces exclusion and boosts wellbeing by improving self-esteem, behaviour and engagement in 11-16 year olds. These outcomes are the result of a 5-day farm residential and follow-up where children are given real jobs with tangible outcomes, such as farming, gardening, cooking and horse work. Therapeutic 1:1s and group sessions focused on positive praise set them on a new path. We work in partnership with schools to ensure long-term impact, with powerful results.