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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Nick started her full-time Level 2 Agriculture course in 2017. She had worked previously at a farm with sheep and cows, but at Jamie’s Farm this is her first time working with other animals such as our goats and pigs. Nick is one of our first Jamie’s Farm Apprentices and it working alongside our visiting young people and staff at our Lewes farm during her twelve month placement to gain experience in farming.
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 has recently joined Jamie’s Farm as maternity cover, and will oversee various areas of fundraising, predominantly securing income from trusts and foundations, in our Head of Fundraising’s absence. 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 is very much looking forward to supporting the charity’s mission and working from a farm.
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.
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.
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