The Island Project Farming & Education Centre: The Island Project is a self-sustaining, not-for-profit therapeutic farm motivated to deliver qualifications (Aim Awards), life skills and therapy to re-engage vulnerable children and young people between 8 and 19 years old.
We& 39;re based on a 4-acre farm in Derbyshire. We have three llamas, two donkeys, three goats, a pig, a cat, ten chickens and ten rabbits. Animal care forms a large part of our daily routine but we also offer IT skills, arts and crafts, woodwork and various projects and activates such as on-site maintenance.
We realise that all children and young adults with learning barriers and complex needs require individually tailored programmes and learning opportunities, which is why our team of caring staff go one step further in dedicating themselves to provide a memorable experience for our students that will impact their lives in many positive ways.
Company Website:http://www.islandproject.co.uk(Please visit website for more pictures on our facilities and animals)
Chick Hutch Plan & Student Involvement: I want to build a petting hutch with the help of our students.
We often incubate chicken eggs and monitor their progress until hatched. We currently use a rabbit holding cage to raise our chick& 39;s in which isn& 39;t up to the job and we have had several problems such as poor heating, poor security (The cage is flimsey) and just general design flaws when using this type of cage for chick& 39;s. Therefore we would like to build a custom designed chick hutch designed, built and cared for by our students.
As a non - profit organisation and not being able to fund the projects personally we do not have the funds! That’s why I / we need your help in supporting us!
As several of our students are on alternative learning programmes, this project will contribute towards the completion of an Aim Award Qualification (Using and Maintaining Woodworking Tools - http://aimawards.org.uk). For those who do not undertake Aim Awards this will be a practical project which will enable the opportunity to learn how to use woodworking tools.
The aim of this project is for it to be a team building activity, everyone interested in taking part will be given a role, jobs and tasks to complete.
Working together as a team, helping one another is something we do automatically. For some people it isn’t a natural response, to help others isn’t a priority or even processed as something that should be done. I will demonstrate through this activity that a cohort effort has benefits and ensure students recognise they are important, give them a sense of ownership, belonging and offer the opportunity for them to help and guide peers. This has huge positive knock on effects which children can take away with them and try to apply into their lives.
Once the project build is complete, we will incubate some eggs, monitor their wellbeing and wait for them to hatch. Once hatched the students will have the opportunity to nurture the chick’s until they are strong enough to fend for themselves.
Some of the benefits this project will have:
Social - For children especially, pets can be wonderful social facilitators. Children are more prone to approach and interact with another child who is playing with a pet. In this way, a pet can be the bridge between a less socially outgoing child and other potential playmates.
Physical – Allowing children the opportunity to burn off some steam by getting stuck into some tough woodworking is an excellent way to show how hard work can pay off and even improve the standard of living for another.
Emotional - Isolation and loneliness can make disorders such as depression even worse. Caring for a living animal can help make you feel needed and wanted, and take the focus away from your problems. Most pet owners talk to their pets, some even use them to work through their troubles.
Cognitive – Woodwork: Through tasks and outlined instructions children will have to exercise their brains to complete work. Animal Care: Once hatched our students may wish to care for the chick’s, if so they will be required to find out how. With proper supervision, allowing children to research information about their pet on the Internet is another way they can learn about the pet& 39;s special needs and unique characteristics as well as to correspond with other owners of the same type of pet.
Therapy - Pets can help children with learning disabilities learn how to regulate stress and calm themselves, making them better equipped to overcome the challenges of their disorder.
The Build: We have added an additional 30% (£80) onto the overal price of £270 to allow for damages or build mistakes made.
- Price List (See Picture)
- Schematics (See Picture)
Updates: I will keep posting picture updates of the project from start to finish, and will provide a video of chick’s hatching and using their new home! This will be done on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/TheIslandProject and our website: www.islandproject.co.uk
Please Help to make this project a success! You can help in more ways than just financially, please share our project fundraiser page on your Facebook page or spread the word telling family and friends.
All help is greatly appreciated. Check out the rewards section as I have setup a small reward for those kind enough to donate.