We are an equestrian based registered Care Farm, and as such are able to provide educational and therapeutic care services for individuals from a range of vulnerable groups.
We are able to work with children or adults who can visit with their carers. In some cases we are also able to accept unaccompanied children. People can be referred by their care coordinator or in some cases people self-refer. Some sessions can be funded by local authorities and specific groups such as Activities Unlimited.
Valley Farm’s care farming clients are encouraged to help feed and look after the animals. We don’t focus on the things you can’t do, but rather on the things you can do. Your achievements, physical work you have done, bonds you have made with your new community will make you feel better about yourself. Some clients have noticed improvements in appetite, mood and sleeping patterns as a result of regular visits to the farm.
Clients are able to partake in feeding, grooming, cleaning, handling and checking the animals including ponies, donkeys and horses, pygmy goats, chickens, peacocks and guinea pigs, while enjoying our beautiful countryside surroundings.
We provide a quiet gentle pony along with brushes and grooming equipment, as well as guidance and encouragement, so that children and adults can benefit from the enjoyment of being close to a large animal, while it patiently lets itself be handled, stroked and brushed.
We are also able to provide exceptionally patient horses and ponies for ridden sessions, or in hand sessions, where the client works with the horse in order to negotiate obstacles within an enclosed arena.
- Telephone: 01728 746916