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Blog: “It was good to see how families can be”

The Khan* Family’s Story

When the Khan family visited Jamie’s Farm, as part of our pilot families project in August 2016, they were in disarray. Years of domestic violence in the home had left mother Saina* lacking confidence, afraid of seeking support and unable to manage the increasingly wayward behaviour of her two older daughters, both of whom had witnessed this abuse. The constant negativity towards the two oldest had led to accusations of favouritism for the youngest daughter and the family had begun to fracture and resent each other.

The family had been placed on a child protection plan and by choosing this family to visit Jamie’s Farm, the local authority were hoping to increase the mother’s self esteem and confidence, but also to give the family a chance to have some fun together. They hoped that this experience would generate more positive communication within the family, particularly to reduce the rivalry between the girls. Ultimately they hoped to see enough progress in the family unit to remove them from the child protection plan completely.

On the farm, the family worked incredibly well as a team, inspired by the family ethos modelled by Jamie’s Farm staff: “It was good to see how families can be.” The mother especially enjoyed the mealtime routines and the opportunity to have fun with her children. She developed her confidence over the week by assigning chores to each of her children, something that didn’t go unnoticed in the Friday meeting when her children acknowledged: “It was the first time you took control.”

Six weeks after the visit, the mother has joined a local sewing class; the family has breakfast together almost every day and they have signed up to more family based projects including a four-day art workshop in October 2016. The local authorities were amazed by their progress in such a short space of time, and the family is now working towards removal from the child protection plan.

The success of this pilot programme has led to another two families’ visits in July 2017, with more planned as Jamie’s Farm expands. And you can support us to expand our families provision through “The Big Give”: for more information and to support us, please follow the links below.

The Summer Give

In May 2017 we took part in The Big Give’s summer fundraising campaign to generate the funds needed to support more families in need this summer. We are thrilled to share that we hit our target and raised £26,473 to make this happen, and will be welcoming families from West London to the Farm for a week’s residential this August. You can read more about our project ‘Thriving Families‘ here.

(*All names have been changed to protect the family’s identity)

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