Outdoors at Heeley City Farm
Supporting the younger generation
Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000
Heeley City Farm, established in 1981, is situated in inner city Sheffield. We provide many services and activities both for local young people and adults and for visitors and participants from all over Sheffield and beyond. These include including employment and volunteering opportunities, training, education, support for adults with learning disabilities and people with mental health issue, older peoples' activities, youthwork, play and heritage. We welcome about 100,000 visitors each year to our organic gardens, orchards, herb gardens, wildlife areas and ponds, dementia garden, farm and smaller animals, low-energy buildings, wind turbines, recycling areas and much more.
In any one week of the year:
• 60 local children (many more in the school holidays) will join in play, arts and crafts, environmental education, animal care and having fun
• 50 adults will be receiving training, education and work experience
• 30 young people will be receiving training, education and work experience
• 60 plus adults with learning disabilities and/or mental health problems will be involved in activities
• 30 older people will be volunteering, joining social clubs and receiving practical help and advice
• 100 individuals, families and organisations will receive advice on diet and health, healthy eating, local food growing, cooking on a budget, fuel poverty and affordable warmth, saving money on heating bills, making houses warmers and much more
• Another 100 adult volunteers will help with animal care, food growing, heritage work, café and gardens centre, care work and supporting others
Many schools from throughout Sheffield and beyond visit Heeley City Farm. They can get close to the animals, grow, cook and eat their own food, take part in heritage crafts, learn about energy, observe the varied environments, do pond dipping, organise forest school and bushcraft sessions or just be outside, run around and enjoy nature and the open air. And almost every national curriculum subject can be covered on our farm – English, maths, science, design and technology, history, geography, art and design, physical education, computing and more.
Our visitors are not just primary and secondary school children, but other youth groups (e.g. cubs, scouts, brownies and guides, Woodcraft, home schooled children and holiday playschemes), adults with learning disabilities, older people, University of the 3rd Age and more. Recently we have started hosting visits for such varied groups as dementia sufferers, their carers and families and people recovering from strokes with great success and feedback.
However we have limited inside and covered space. We want to be able to host more groups and larger groups of visitors. Thus we want to construct an outdoor sheltered area, both to host larger groups and allow us to provide activities in all weathers, extending both the length of visits and the seasons when we can comfortably receive visitors.
We have an ideal site for this building, in a corner of the farm with established trees, so that the structure can incorporate living trees. The cost of preparing the site, materials and construction will be £5,000.
We hope that AVIVA will support the construction of our new outdoor ‘classsroom’.
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Our outdoor classroom will enable more young people and adults to visit in all weathers and seasons.