With thanks to the ammazing support of Wisbech Town Council, Anglian Water’s @one alliance and Peter Humphrey’s architects as well as funding from The Big Lottery, 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.
“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 will facilitate mutually beneficial collaboration and interaction between existing and new service providers to reduce duplication, make better use 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
“With a 30 year lease for a 7-acre plot in place with the Wisbech Town Council, and a community trip from Wisbech to Hereford to learn more about establishing community farms, it is easy to see how much local support this exciting venture already has behind it!”
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.