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Jamie's Farm Residential Trips 2015

Published: 22 May 2015


For three weeks in April and May, the Make it! mentoring project took groups out of the City to the Wiltshire farm for a week long residential stay.

Make it! is an in-school mentoring programme that enables young people to become more confident, improve their wellbeing and increase their engagement with school. Groups from Central Foundation School for Girls, Langdon Park and Oaklands spent a week each at the farm, which aims to engage vulnerable children at risk of social and academic exclusion.

Pupils, mentors and Toynbee Hall staff were immersed in rural life and helped with the day to day running of the farm. Jamie’s Farm, who have worked closely with Toynbee Hall over the last three years, had a week of activities planned, giving the young people the opportunity to gain experiences that were unlike anything they’ve done before.

The daily routine consisted of getting up at 7:30am and feeding the animals, before making their own breakfast. The groups prepared and cooked all meals themselves, using some of the fresh produce from the farm. Daily tasks included animal care, gardening, log chopping, sheep herding and horse whispering, a horse training technique where the pupils would communicate with the animals through body language to build trust.

As well as maintaining the farm, there was plenty of time for fun activities such as swimming in the river, playing on the rope swing, dailly walks to take in the beautiful surroudnings, playing games and singing songs around the camp fire.

The most surprising thing on the farm was realising that people noticed me. At school I thought I was invisible and that no one cared about me. Hearing them (classmates) say nice things about me made me realise that people like me for who I am."
Anupa, Year 7

Thank you to all the staff at Jamie’s Farm for creating a memorable week for all involved and their continued support of Toynbee Hall’s youth projects.

To see more photos from the residential trips, visit our Flickr gallery.