The majority of our income has stopped due to Covid-19, and has impacted many people in our community. We have had to close our gates to our day service for farmers with different abilities, school visits, Weekend openings to the public and birthday parties, holiday activities, community fundraising events and our Spring Festival.
The main portion of our funding has dried up overnight, and we now face an uncertain year ahead, full of unpredictable challenges. Whilst we remain positive to face these challenges, we need your help for us to sustain and continue at this time, to ensure we can survive and are ready to reopen once restrictions are lifted.
Behind our closed gates on the farm, our animals still need feeding, watering, enrichment, and cleaning out their enclosures, which all costs money.
All additional funding will help massively towards feeding our beautiful animals, go towards vet bills, and aid with staffing our city farm throughout the crisis.
It will also ensure we are able to offer our life changing programmes after Covid-19 has ended.
We are looking to sustain, flourish and come through this challenge stronger than before.
Southampton City Farm is part of Oasis, a national charity focused on “transforming communities”. As a charity, we get no funding from the government, meaning we have to raise our own funds to function and offer the massive range of activities and services we do, 7 days a week.
As a charity (number 1138872) Southampton City Farm offers a range of activities, which include:
• A day service for adults with different abilities
• School visits from nursery through to secondary education
• Weekend opening to the public
• Weekend Birthday parties
• Holiday activities
• Farm festivals throughout the year
• Education visits for community groups including Scouts/Brownies and Young Carer’s group
• Day visits for Care groups and Nursing homes to the farm to benefit from the therapeutic engagement with our animals
• Specialist one to one sessions with individuals with complex needs or risk of exclusion from an education setting
• Community events
We are a city farm that focuses on volunteering opportunities, creating a safe environment for people with learning difficulties to experience the activities we can offer, as well as learn vital life skills, which include woodwork, cooking, gardening and crafts.
We strive to be a fully inclusive and accessible charity. We offer a safe and friendly environment for people with a range of abilities, to socialise and build experience and crucial life skills.
To find out more please visit www.downtoearthfarm.org or follow us on facebook @SouthamptonCityFarm