Our approach

 

Jamie’s Farm uniquely combines farming, family and therapy into a 5-day residential with a focus on giving children time and space to reflect, to renew and determine a new path for themselves. We do this by creating an environment where they feel respected, and are given opportunities to display their talents and show responsibility.

The farm environment is homely and cosy, steering away from the institutional set up of school and instead encourages togetherness and an escape from the challenges of normal life. On day one, all mobile phones and electronics are handed in, to ensure there is real distance from pressures at home. In small groups of 10-12, children live and work on site, supported by our experienced staff who focus activities on positive and tangible outcomes.

A visit to Jamie’s Farm does not end when young people leave. Alongside our core components of farming, family and therapy is our Legacy strand. Through this, we support schools and students when they return, to embed the changes and achieve a greater long-term impact.

The Jamie’s Farmer journey

Taking part in the Jamie’s Farm residential and follow-up programme acts as a catalyst for change, enabling disadvantaged young people between the ages 10-16 to thrive academically, socially and emotionally. The immersive nature of the experience, combined with huge environmental change and experiential learning from living and working on a farm, allows children to see a new side of themselves. They learn to build new relationships, to trust adults and to have a more positive outlook; we often hear how young people prefer this ‘version’ of themselves and the changes they intend to make on return to school and home life. With the right framework of support, from us and their teachers, these changes in attitude and behaviour will help a young person all through life. Our Theory of Change graphic below illustrates how this occurs. Please click on the image to enlarge or to download.