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With thanks to the amazing support of Wisbech Town Council, Anglian Water’s @one alliance and Peter Humphrey’s architects as well as funding from The National Lottery Community Fund as winners of the People’s Project 2018, we are now underway with establishing a Therapeutic Community Farm for Wisbech, Cambridgeshire – A safe, non-clinical, easy to access community space with a difference.
Our vision brings people together through the appeal of animals and nature, providing early intervention, rehabilitation, multi-agency working, community skills swap & share initiatives, sheltered volunteering schemes and routes back into employment.
“We are really excited to be able to support the Community Farm project because it builds on our on-going commitment to people and communities in Wisbech. This project aligns with our organisational commitment to support for our staff to build and maintain their ‘Good Mental Health’ and to able to support People and Animals with expanding the work they do with the people of Wisbech is fantastic” Tracey Goddard, @one alliance Organisational Development Manager
This farm is the first of its kind in the UK, beginning as a sugarbeet field in August 2018, with each aspect designed by the community, built by the community, with those most vulnerable in mind along every step with our community-led steering group. Facilitating mutually beneficial collaboration and interaction between existing and new service providers to establish a long term sustainable infrastructure to support communities – this project compliments Cambridgeshire’s Vision (2017 – 2021), Wisbech 2020 Vision, and Wisbech Garden Town.
- Development of skills
- Alternative routes into education, training and employment
- Community cohesion, resilience and pride
- Support to statutory and community services
- Improved health
- Enhanced wellbeing
- Raised aspirations for brighter futures
“With a 30 year lease for a 7-acre plot in place with the Wisbech Town Council, and exciting community support from individuals, organisations and businesses, we are on our way with establishing a bespoke community service – built by the people, for the people” Katie Bristow, Director, People & Animals UK
Increasing the range of nature-based and animal-assisted therapeutic activities that we can offer; providing a wider range of animals that respond to different behaviours; as well as providing a fuller curriculum of activities including therapeutic horticulture, willow weaving, apple pressing and green woodworking – broadening horizons and raising aspiration as people grow in confidence through our programmes and volunteering schemes.