Chailey Heritage Foundation

Patchwork Farm (Therapeutic Care Farm)

Patchwork Farm is a fully wheelchair accessible, on-site, therapeutic farm offering the children, young adults and visitors to CHF an interactive, multi-sensory, outdoor learning experience. It promotes the concept of choice, increases confidence and promotes physical and emotional wellbeing.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1075837)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£25,000

Amount raised

£25,152

Donations

103

Championed by Candis Club

    Categories

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Mental HealthMental Health

    Helping

  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

Children and young people with complex neurodisabilities have extremely limited opportunities to explore and interact with nature and animals. Helping to look after things that ‘move and grow’ is an aspect of personal development which is not easily available to these young people and yet is an essential feature of growing up. Very few farms are designed to be fully wheelchair accessible and even fewer have been designed to allow young people with limited movement the chance to fully interact.

Solution

Patchwork Farm is a fully wheelchair accessible, on-site, therapeutic farm that includes a variety of traditional and non-traditional farm animals and every element has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the young people we support. All of the paddocks are fitted with four foot gates for wheelchair access into the animal enclosures. Concrete paths and the outdoor learning centre allow visits all year round. If they can’t make it to the farm, the animals will come to the classroom.

  • “Chailey is unique in every way – just like Ellie!”

    — Liz, Ellie’s Mum

  • "Henry loves driving himself in his wheelchair to the therapy farm onsite to feed and pet the animals. His regular visits there have helped reduce his anxiety."

    — Caroline, Henry's mum

  • “The minute we stepped inside the School we experienced an overwhelming sensation of family and warmth. A whole new world opened up to us.”

    — Vicki, Sam’s Mum