Field of Dreams is a Farm and community project that aims to help disadvantaged young people who are struggling due to anything from mental health issues, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and agoraphobia, to learning difficulties and family problems. In addition to the physical and mental health benefits of outdoor activity, the farm offers young people the chance to develop skills in agriculture and animal care and provides them with a sense of purpose and self-worth. The charity’s motto is to help people going through difficult times in the hope that they will “pay it forward” and go on to help someone else when they are back on their feet.
We also provide a space for children from community groups such as the Scouts and local nurseries to learn outdoor skills and interact with the animals.
Field of Dreams began in May 2015 with 12 acres of baron farmland, 2 pigs a pigmy goat and a few chickens. We are now home to more than 450 chickens, ducks and geese, 9 pigs, 5 sheep, a cow and a horse - many of which are rescue animals. We have also cultivated an area to grow vegetables and now have a conservation area for local wildlife, recently constructed by the brilliant National Citizen Service guys and gals.
Since the charity has been running we have seen how the farm has changed the lives of many of the young people we have worked with. One of our students has gone on to study at Otley College, a leading college for agriculture, and others are looking towards a brighter future by applying to animal care courses.
At the charity we have been thrilled to receive support from the National Lottery and Musical Sales, but providing food, veterinary care, shelter and grazing for the animals is expensive and we currently do not have enough funding to get us through the winter months. Can you help us to keep providing opportunities to disadvantaged young people in the community? We would be extremely grateful for your help.