ABOUT THE FARM
Dedham therapy farm assists in the recovery of people trying to overcome physical and mental challenges.
The farm covers 14 acres of countryside and is home to farm animals which are used in a range of therapy programmes. It has dogs, lambs, poultry, pigs, ponies, rabbits and guinea pigs as well as its new recruits, including alpacas and donkeys, all of which play their part in aiding recovery and learning.
MEET THE TEAM
Director/ Business Manager
Wife to a veteran with PTSD I understand how Mental Health impacts the whole family.
I am passionate about improving mental and physical health with outdoor activity. I feel so fortunate to have such a rewarding job.
Director/ Lead Occupational Therapist
I have been working at Dedham Therapy Farm since August 2018.
I have experience of working with young people in a variety of settings. I am passionate about using Animals to provide therapy. I find it very rewarding to see the outcome for individuals of Occupational Therapy in this setting.
I joined the farm as a student on practice placement, whilst at Uni and fell in love with the farm and have never left. I became a staff member as an Occupational Therapy Assistant and am now practicing as a qualified Occupational Therapist.
I also have personal experiences of Anxiety and phobias, which I feel help me within my professional role.
Therapy Support Assistant
I love animals, especially dogs. I am a vegetarian and a mum of two boys. One of my sons has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), this helps me be patient and understanding within my role.
ANIMAL OF THE MONTH
PEPPA THE PIG
Peppa is a 10 year old pig, she loves nothing more than rolling around in mud and eating carrots. Don't let the mud put you off though, Peppa is extremely friendly and loves to play
DID YOU KNOW?
Researchers have identified 20 different grunts and oinks that pigs use for different situations to communicate.
MEET THE ANIMALS
The cheeky one
The bossy one
Dolly & Deb
The terrible two
The playful one
The fluffy one
Badger & Bumble
The cute one
The kind one
The pretty one
Diamond & Mocha
The energetic one
The happy one
The curly one
The smiley one
WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
VOLUNTEER WITH US
We are always looking for volunteers to help around the farm. From grooming to feeding, to gardening and maintenance. We always have things you can help with.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who can be referred for therapy and who can refer someone for therapy?
Anyone who has a barrier to their daily living. We currently support mental health, learning disabilities, autism, anxiety, phobias.
You can self refer or refer on behalf of a family member or be referred by social services, school teachers or senco, support worker, carer, Occupational Therapist, GP, any health professionals. See our 'get involved' page for the referal form.
How much does it cost for therapy?
What happens in a typical therapy session on the farm?
How is the farm funded? How can I support the work you do?
Through therapy session fees, public and corporate donations, corporate sponsorship, grants and animal sponsorship.
Consider donating. Either as an individual, or on behalf of a company. You can sponsor one of our animals, if there is one you have a particular soft spot for. Think about volunteering, we have a range of volunteer roles, please fill in a volunteer form.
Do you have insurance?
Here at the farm we have Employers Liability Insurance and Public Liability Insurance.
Can I apply to do work experience at the farm?
We do take a limited number of work experience staff at the farm.
What about people who want to use the service, but can’t make it to the farm?
The dogs and small animals can visit you!