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Family day at Jamie's Farm

Published: 23 Feb 2015


On Thursday 19th February, young people from Toynbee Hall’s flagship youth programme, Make it!, travelled to Wiltshire to visit Jamie’s Farm with their families, ahead of the residential trip in the spring as part of the 10 month programme.

Young people from Central Foundation School for Girls, Oaklands Primary and Langdon Park School along with their parents and siblings braved the wet conditions on a tour of the farm, where they were set an unexpected task of capturing two escaped chickens. In groups, they tried their hand at animal care, by feeding horses and looking after sheep, as well as gardening, planting seeds and maintaining the wormery, but for those who preferred the warm and dry, baking in the farm kitchen was an option.

Jamie’s Farm works with young people from across the country to re-engage vulnerable children at risk of social and academic exclusion through pro-active learning. Toynbee Hall has been working with Jamie’s Farm since 2013 and young people from Tower Hamlets have benefited from their continuing support of our youth projects.

Despite the wind and rain, the feedback of the day was positive:

The people at the farm were really nice and welcoming. I learnt a lot about horses and I loved the puppy. The day went too quickly and I wish I could have stayed longer.”  
Naznin age 12

"It’s such a peaceful place. It was relaxing but you also get to challenge yourself. We haven’t been on a farm like that before so we were a little bit scared but it was great. We learnt a lot, especially about horses. The people were really positive and they are the essence of the farm.”
Nazia age 26 and older sister to Naznin.

The Make it! team and pupils will stay at Jamie’s Farm on a five-day residential trip in April and May.

See pictures from the day in our Flickr album

Read about the last residential trip to Jamie’s Farm