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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

Megan
Director/ Business Manager

I am a mum of two girls. I bring my dog Blue to the farm every day. I love being outside in the fresh air. I love to eat Cake!

Amy
Director/ Lead Occupational Therapist

I moved from Ireland to study Occupational Therapy. I enjoy walks on the beach and spending time with family.

Georgia
Occupational Therapist

I am a newly qualified Occupational Therapist. I like travelling and being outside!

Ilona
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.

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MEET THE ANIMALS

Tiger
The cheeky one
Monty
The bossy one
Dolly & Deb
The terrible two
Mabel
The playful one
Gino
The fluffy one
Badger & Bumble
The twins
Seamus
The cute one
Blue
The kind one
The Sheep
The followers
Peppa
The pretty one
Samson
The leader 
Diamond & Mocha
The newbies
Woody
The energetic one
Betsi
The happy one
Noodles
The curly one
Bonzer
The smiley one
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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?


Standard rate is £14 per hour and 121 is £39 per hour. Therapy in the community is upon quotation.




What happens in a typical therapy session on the farm?


All sessions are specific to the needs of each individual. One of our Occupational Therapists will make a plan specific to the needs that need to be met. Sessions can include group feeding of our farm animals or feeding on a 121 basis. Activities tailored to your goals are set out at the beginning of each session. During a session at the farm you can expect to take part in a range of activities including, animal feeding, animal husbandry, grooming, farm maintenance, dog walking and training, arts and crafts, land management and gardening.




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!





Mill Ln, Dedham,

Colchester

CO7 6DH

hello@dedhamtherapyfarm.org.uk

01206 322070

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