Please take just 3 minutes of your time to watch and read our story, and to understand how vital you can be in saving the Farm.
As a result of the UK’s devastating outbreak of coronavirus, Vauxhall City Farm is facing an unprecedented challenge to survive. When the crisis ends – and it will - we won’t be here without your support
The target we’ve set is significant, but our backs are against the wall.
We’ve lost 80% of our income streams, starved of the on-site donations and trading income we rely on to stay open and deliver services and opportunities for our community.
Raising £600k from all the Farm's supporters, big and small, will safeguard the future of the Farm and provide resources for us to bounce back.
Any contribution will help ensure the Farm remains open as a needed space for our community to re-connect, get outdoors and access therapeutic, educational and support programmes in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
Here’s just some of other things your donations will make possible:
· £10 buys two of the 150 bales of hay our animals need each month
· £20 will facilitate staff to develop a young person’s agricultural skills and environmental awareness
· £25 will provide a child with SEND and/or long term, life-limiting conditions with a private riding lesson
· £50 will feed a lamb for six months, with lambing season already upon us
· £834 will provide livery and care for a horse in our Riding for the Disabled-accredited Riding School
· £1,000 enables a young person facing disadvantage and not in education, employment or training to enrol on our personal development programmes; delivering mentoring and up-skilling workshops, and equipping young people with the meaningful experiences, skills and networks they need to succeed
We know it'll be the generosity, resourcefulness and kindness of spirit of our community that will ensure we open our gates once again.
From the team, volunteers, supporters (and animals) at the Farm, thank you x
About the Farm
We're asking you to help save a community. We're seeking your help to preserve a commitment made in 1977 by our founding community - that the Farm is here to deliver educational, recreational and therapeutic activities that:
* Support children and disadvantaged people to boost their confidence and aspirations via the development of personal, social, life and practical skills
* Promote emotional, mental, social and physical health and well-being
* Develop environmental awareness and action
* Strengthen community cohesion
* Create enjoyment and recreational opportunities for communities in London
What we do, and the difference we want to continue making
The difference we make is made possible by a collective effort we're so proud of. The activities below would not happen without our 300+ volunteers, our partners, funders and our corporate backers.
This passion for what the Farm can offer has enabled us to deliver:
o Open-access Farmyard: providing a place for people of all ages and backgrounds to visit, connect, and enjoy the therapeutic, educational and recreational benefits of a farm in the heart of the capital.
o Work experience: equipping over 200 young people with the skills to succeed, through placements that develop core skills, broaden horizons and help people into meaningful employment.
o Education and Training: welcoming over 200 schools and developing 7,000 children’s knowledge and understanding of nature, animals, farming, conservation, healthy eating and more. This takes place through subsidised, workshops, programmes and activities.
o Youth work: delivering personal development and employability programmes to over 200 at-risk children and young people. Our programmes support positive outcomes around resilience, increased agency and developing new skills alongside supporting improved wellbeing and personal relationships young people need to thrive.
o Riding School: facilitating positive outcomes in physical and emotional wellbeing for over 300 disabled children each year through our RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association) registered and BHS (British Horse Society) approved Riding School.
o Volunteering: providing over 300 people from all backgrounds with opportunities to:
o increase skills and confidence;
o make new friends;
o enjoy the therapeutic benefits of working with our animals or tending our gardens;
o engage with visitors from far and wide (for example on our Welcome Desk, and in our café and shop);
o or to support and enrich our dynamic education and training programmes
Most importantly, the outbreak of COVID-19 has meant thousands are, for the first time, getting a glimpse of what it feels like to be socially isolated.
We have a unique and vital role to play. In the wake of this crisis, the Farm’s value as an accessible, safe and therapeutic space to connect will be more important than ever before. We need to be here when this is over; to once again greet old friends, and welcome new ones looking to connect, give back or share meaningful experiences with others.
Once again, thank you, and stay safe
The Vauxhall City Farm Community x
For more on what we do, or other ways you can help, visit (www.vauxhallcityfarm.org) or email ([email redacted])
- Victoria Cahill
Fundraising team: Vauxhall City Farm (2)
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