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.
With the launch of Jamie’s Farm Lewes we are excited that our presence here is sparking new relationships and opportunities for Jamie’s Farm. We are especially thrilled to have been chosen as the South of England Agricultural Society’s charity of the year for 2019. You can read more about the partnership here as well as their events we are a part of.
Meet the team
Head of Farm
Senior Visit Coordinator
Fundraising Manager (based at Lewes)
Philanthropy Manager (based at Lewes)
Toby studied Sports Science at the University of Portsmouth and practised as a Sports Therapist before training as a Science teacher in London. He completed a Masters in Educational Leadership at Warwick University that had a focus on behaviour management. He was a member of the Senior Leadership Team and a Head of Year at St George’s School. Toby joined the Jamie’s Farm team as Education Manager in Hereford and helped set up our second site. Toby’s experience from the teaching profession and his calm, patient manner enable visits to be tailored to best meet the needs of the young people.
Toby and his wife Katie (Therapeutic Coordinator) have now taken the leap to our farm in Lewes, overseeing the development of the Jamie’s Farm model in the charities latest fourth farm. Both have family in the area and are eager to see the Farming, Family & Therapy programme replicated in Sussex and accessible to many more 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.
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.
Jo was born in East Sussex, not far from the Lewes Farm, but she has lived and worked in London as a teacher of Art and Special Needs for all her adult life. She loves to spend time with her large, extended family, walking her two dogs and keeping her garden growing and is delighted to join the Jamie’s Farm team especially as she has always wanted to keep chickens and live on a farm.
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.
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.
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.
Lauren grew up in the Sussex countryside, and graduated with a degree in French. She has always worked in the Third Sector, in housing, youth charities, international development and more recently working with philanthropists at a grant-giving foundation in Sussex. Having grown up on a farm, Lauren is most at home when surrounded by animals and mud, and when not at work with the wonderful team at Jamie’s Farm Lewes, she is likely to be found walking her dachshund/beagle cross, or hanging out with her family and friends.
Lauren has joined Jamie’s Farm to help extend the charity’s network into new areas. Based at the Lewes farm, she is eager to raise the profile of Jamie’s Farm in Sussex and is available to meet with people who feel they could support Jamie’s Farm. Please get in touch if you would like to be involved.
Housekeeper and Volunteer Horse Worker
Forestry and Woodwork Volunteer
Andrea works part time in the farmhouse ensuring everything is sparkly and clean for the young people’s stay. Andrea can also be found outside with the two ponies. She helps care and gives advice, as horse work is where Andrea’s expertise and passion lies.
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.
Alison is one of our regular kitchen volunteers. She has lived in Sussex nearly all her life and loves Jamie’s Farm as it allows her to combine her passion for the great outdoor’s, cooking and working alongside young people. Previously Alison has worked with charities supporting homeless people in Brighton and has also been heavily involved in the professional training and development of graduates in the Civil Service.
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