Developing a Jamie’s Farm in East Sussex provides us with a chance to extend our reach to the South Coast, Kent and South London; areas where research has indicated a need for an intervention like ours.
This is the first Jamie’s Farm operating on a lease model, a stunning farm sitting at the foot of the South Downs, offering tranquillity and far-reaching views. We welcomed our first group of children here in April 2019. Looking ahead we have a busy year of visits and need to finish off the development of the farm, involving the first groups of Jamie’s Farmers in this process wherever possible.
If you are interested to learn more about Jamie’s Farm and how we work with schools or want to know how to book a group onto the Jamie’s Farm programme at our Lewes farm, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rent the picturesque farmhouse at Jamie’s Farm Lewes
When we do not have groups visiting, our farmhouses are available to rent! By choosing to stay here for your family holiday, break away or corporate function, not only would you be able to enjoy the calm environment that has such a positive impact on our visiting children, but you will also have the satisfaction of knowing that your money will be going towards a wonderful cause.
Rob studied Chemistry at York University. After teaching Science in York for two years, he returned to his home in Croydon and taught at a variety of mainstream and special schools in Surrey, Croydon, and Sutton, taking on both pastoral and curriculum roles. Rob has always enjoyed outdoor education and has been a Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator or Assessor at each school he has worked in.
Rob completed his Masters in Education and National Professional Qualification for Headship and led his previous Special School as Principal to achieve an Outstanding Ofsted inspection in 2020. After bringing numerous groups from his school to Jamie’s Farm, Rob decided he wanted to get back to working directly with young people and embracing the benefits of outdoor education by joining the team as Head of Farm at Jamie’s Farm, Lewes.
In this role, Rob is excited about developing links with the local community and ensuring that as many young people as possible from the South East benefit from the fantastic support of the team at the farm. He is looking forward to developing the site to offer lots of new experiences for young people. Rob particularly enjoys the long walks each afternoon and time around the campfire singing.
Clare grew up in rural Somerset and has had a love for the outdoors from a young age. Graduating from Swansea University with a degree in Geography, she went on Edinburgh University to study for a Masters in Health Inequalities and Public Policy. It was during this course that she developed a strong interest in the role of nature in healthy childhood development. Clare has spent the last six years working in outdoor education, most recently with socially disadvantaged young people on the beautiful Dorset coast. She is looking forward to following in her grandfather’s farming footsteps and joining the team as Visit Coordinator at the Lewes Farm.
Eddie grew up on a sheep farm in West Sussex. He has a real passion for the outdoors and working with animals. He graduated at a university in Leeds with a degree in Youth Work and Community Development. The job at the Lewes Farm as the Farm Manager is the dream job for him, combining his passion for farming alongside his enjoyment of working with children.
Katie studied English Literature at the University of Dundee before joining the Teach First program in London. She taught English and Drama at St George’s School in Maida Vale, where she began learning all about Jamie’s Farm through pupils who benefited from their valuable experiences here. Katie first came to the farm as a volunteer during the summer holidays, before later joining the team to help set-up Jamie’s Farm Hereford. As Therapy Coordinator, Katie leads many group meetings and has personalised therapeutic conversations with all young people who visit the Farm, in order to help them piece together pathways for their future success on return to school. Katie is excited to have moved to our Lewes farm, along with Toby Meanwell to lead on the therapeutic elements of our programme at our newest venture here.
Laura began her time at Jamie’s Farm at the Hereford site and is now based at Lewes. She loves putting her passions and values into practice on the farm, and can usually be found having a walk and a chat with a visiting young person, holding a group meeting, chopping logs, singing round the fire, or generally getting herself (and other people) caked in mud.
Laura graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) with a degree in Social Anthropology. She has worked with young people on camps and courses from south Devon to the Scottish Highlands. She has also spent several months volunteering for a humanitarian NGO working with displaced people in northern France.
Tim grew up in Gloucestershire, spending much of his time in the outdoors and helping out on family farms during holidays. He managed to combine his love of travelling the outdoors by heading to Australia to work in the outdoor education department of a school in Victoria. It was here that he really began to realise how nature and outdoor activity can to help raise the confidence of young people. After this he studied Geography & Politics at Sheffield University before heading down to live in London where he did a variety of jobs ranging from assisting on film productions, to dressing as a giant chess piece in Hyde Park.
However the work that made the biggest impact was working as an HLTA in special needs schools and pupil referral units. This combined with volunteering at Jamie’s Farm Waterloo has led him back to working in the outdoors with young people. At Lewes Tim will be mostly found in the kitchen or garden and probably off on some walks too. If he’s not at Lewes he’ll probably be making short films or performing with his improv comedy group.
Liz has been a facilitator and community artist for over ten years. She is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and visual artist, and has a keen love of nature and the outdoors. Having worked predominantly with people at risk of social exclusion and isolation; including young refugees and children with special educational needs and disabilities, she is particularly interested in the links between the Arts and well-being.
At Jamie’s Farm, Liz offers a range of music and arts-based activities for the young people. She aims to provide a space where creative potential can be unlocked, to bring a sense of joy and connection in the development of new skills, and to utilise the creative process to promote self-expression, social engagement, and the ongoing development of healthy coping mechanisms, as useful tools in everyday life. Other interests include wild swimming, cooking and kitchen-dancing!
Andrea can often be found outside with our two ponies, Wall-ie and Toffee, as horse work is where Andrea’s expertise and passion lies. She helps care for the horses and enjoys supporting our visiting young people to get to know their different personalities and feel confident around them.
Adele first came to Jamie’s Farm aged 14 on a residential with her school, Nuneaton Academy. Since then Adele has gone onto complete our Ambassador Programme, helping feed into the charities progress whilst developing her own leadership skills and confidence. She has now become one of our first Jamie’s Farm Apprentices and is completing a course called Outdoor Community Leader. She works alongside the visiting young people, helping them to make the most of their time at the farm.
The highlight of Adele’s week is the Wednesday hike and her favorite animal on the farm are the pigs – although she thinks all the animals are brilliant!
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Natalia grew up in Brighton and graduated with a degree in Geography and Archaeology. She volunteered with local charities and soon realised that working with young people was where her passion lied. After completing a fundraising internship, Natalia work at Brighton’s youth homeless day centre The Clock Tower Sanctuary, helping raise awareness of the charity. Natalia is very excited to be part of the Lewes team, where she will be found leading the daily walks with the children or out in the community developing the charity’s partners. Get in touch with Natalia to hear how you can get involved at Jamie’s Farm, Lewes.
Matthew is based at Jamie’s Farm Lewes. He is responsible for our major gift fundraising and a significant number of trusts and foundations, in addition to helping develop our strategy. He has worked for UK conservation organisations and international development agencies previously, as well as spending some time as a TEFL Teacher. Matthew is a big fan of ‘the great outdoors’ and very much enjoys supporting the Jamie’s Farms mission and working from a farm.
John was born in Yorkshire where he lived on a small farm. His love for the great outdoors started when he was about 7 years old. From that time he has spent all his life developing his skills to both live off the land as well as living in harmony with it. John believes Mother Nature is the best form of mediation for both ones physical and emotional well-being. John now runs his own Forest School, working with children with special educational needs and from disadvantaged backgrounds. He is at his happiest when he sees children developing and enjoying themselves.
Kate grew up in Eastbourne, Sussex and graduated from Roehampton Institute as a primary school teacher. Before embarking on her teaching career, she travelled through South East Asia and Australia before settling back in her hometown. She has worked in various schools in East Sussex and is currently working as a Support Worker, enabling young people with health challenges to access their education.
Kate loves the outdoors and when she isn’t walking or running over the Downs with her dog, loves to spend time in the company of friends and family. Kate volunteers at Jamie’s Farm Lewes, supporting young people to enjoy and feel confident in the kitchen.
Naomi grew up in rural Lincolnshire, and now lives down the road from Jamie’s Farm Lewes in Hassocks. With 12 years experience as a project manager for a busy interior design studio, she then abandoned the commute to London to spend more time outdoors. She now works as a volunteer gardener, but when not digging at Jamie’s Farm can normally be found running through the South Downs. With two girls of her own, she is a great supporter of how our work impacts on children’s lives and futures.
Having grown up on a farm in Glynde, East Sussex, Laura has a deep connection to The South Downs and farm life – she was free to roam as a child so now appreciates the healing power of being outdoors and getting your fingers in the earth! She lives just around the corner from Jamie’s Farm Lewes, and volunteers in our garden. Having studied RHS Horticuture some years ago, she is happy to use her knowledge for a good cause. Laura says that she was keen to be involved in Jamie’s Farm, really helping young people to realise their true potential using methods she feels passionate about.
Vanessa is delighted to be part of the team at Jamie’s Farm after 30 years as a Midwife. She loves the positive atmosphere of Jamie’s Farm and is passionate about investing in the future and creating opportunities for young people. She is keen that the beautiful surroundings at the farm are kept well so that everyone who comes to Jamie’s feels really comfortable. In her spare time Vanessa enjoys Yoga, meditation, gardening and singing. She cycles to the farm and loves spending time walking in nature. She has also recently joined the team at the Mass Vaccination Centre in Brighton using her skills with the vaccine rollout.
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