We are Jamie’s Farm – a charity that exists to transform the lives of vulnerable children in challenging urban schools, by providing a unique combination of ‘farming, family and therapy’ through a short stay residential and follow up programme.
We aim to re-engage children with educational life, and enable them to fulfil their potential both in school and the wider social setting. It’s a simple, truly inspiring project. Since its humble beginnings, over 600 children have benefitted from this innovative school intervention programme, with hugely positive results. Over 80% of children have fewer behavioural incidents, and 68% are no longer at risk of exclusion a year after their first visit.
At Cock and Bull 2011 every penny spent on site went directly to the charity. That meant we raised an amazing £20,000 for getting more kids down to Jamie’s Farm.
Please visit the Jamie’s Farm website if you would like to find out more about the charity or donate.
“Recently, before i attended this trip I had been trying to fix up my act and do better as a person. Until I came to Jamie’s Farm I didn’t really go through with my plan and didn’t believe I could put my words in action. Now that I have been to Jamie’s Farm all the staff reassured me that I am capable to do what I want in life and boosted my confidence that I just have to try hard enough and not give up when just a little thing goes wrong. I hope that when I get back I stick to what I have said and use what I have learnt here to better my life. I thank all my teachers and the staff at Jamie’s Farm for giving me this opportunity and would recommend it to everybody. Thank you.”
Student from Stoke Newington School
“I have got no referrals since being on the farm. I liked the walking and when I got back to school I walked to Brixton and I enjoyed it. I learnt about responsibility and the farm made me more mature. The farm was hard work but it was interesting. The farm changed me. I’ve never been on a farm. It was fascinating, I loved it and I particularly liked the breakfast.”
Student from Pimlico Academy
“From the minute I left your home my life started. I now have a whole new outlook on life and found the whole experience uplifting. I am so proud of myself for everything I did on the trip. I have learnt to share my problems and not let them stress me out.”
Student from North Manchester High School for Girls
“I think Jamie’s Farm has had a very big impact on my home and school life it has made me see that you have to work hard for what you want in life and the harder you try the more you get. The day to day life on the farm is challenging but I really enjoyed every last minute I spent there.”
Student from Waverley School
‘I observed remarkable transformations in students who otherwise present some quite challenging and complex behaviour, social and emotional difficulties. The skills that were developed have had a lasting impact here at school both in terms of academic progress but also in terms of behaviour improvement.’
Assistant Head Teacher, London
“Special days like these are hugely important for the children we work with, and have a massive impact on their futures and on their aspirations. Thank you for all you have made possible.”
Camila Batmanghelidjh (Director, Kids Company)