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Living on Jamie's Farm
Published: 24 Mar 2014
From 17th-20th February, 8 young people who take part in Inspire, went to Jamie’s farm to engage in a full schedule of training to learn new skills in leadership, communication and mentoring.
Inspire is our 14+ program which actively develops participants over a year to be peer mentors as well as supporting them to become involved in the wider community. Following the two-day training, they were able to put the theory into practice – Indeed 20 young people from year 9 whom Toynbee Hall works with via our Aspire programme, also visited the farm and were mentored by the Inspire group.
During the trip, Inspire got a real sense of responsibility by supporting Aspire in activities such as cooking, gardening and farming. The trip was a chance for participants to interact and build new relationships with each other during the visit. The farm recorded that 70% of children showed improved or greatly improved ability to build relationships after the stay - (source: http://www.jamiesfarm.org.uk/)
Jamie’s Farm as featured on BBC three’s Tough Young Teachers, helps young people to engage and reflect on their experiences as well as learn new skills. – Peer mentoring and leadership training for Inspire took place during the first few days. This included: advice on the key communication tools needed to help guide others, discussions and reflections, planning a presentation to introduce Aspire to the farm and planning the tour of the farm.
One of our Inspire young people said:
It’s really great to be able to help other people, like us, who may be scared of the farm at first, it’s such a different place than London...I felt like a teacher for the day! But obviously I was nicer. They kind of looked up to me, it felt good.
In 2012-2013, 49% of Aspire participants were referred to us for low confidence or low self esteem. Our aim is to combat this through activities building confidence, communication and participation in the community.