With thanks to our funders and amazing community support, we are now underway with establishing a Therapeutic Community Farm as a base for our services.
“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.
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 and built by the community, with those most vulnerable in mind along every step with our community-led steering group.The farm will facilitate mutually beneficial collaboration and interaction between existing and new service providers to reduce duplication and make better use of shared resources to establish a long term sustainable infrastructure to support communities – complimenting Cambridgeshire’s Vision (2017 – 2021), Wisbech 2020 Vision, and the plans towards 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 & wellbeing
- Raised aspirations for brighter futures
It is enabling us to increase the range of nature-based and animal-assisted therapeutic activities that we can offer; providing a wider range of animals that respond to different human 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.
“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
“Wisbech Town Council are pleased to have supported the Community Farm project since its inception and to have helped make it become a reality through making available approximately seven acres of the council’s allotments land” Terry Jordan, Clerk, Wisbech Town Council
“With a 30 year lease for a 7-acre plot in place with 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