Frequently asked questions

Who can be referred for therapy?

Anyone who has a barrier to their daily living. We currently support mental health, learning disabilities, autism, anxiety, phobias.

Who can refer someone for therapy?

You can self refer or refer on behalf of a family member, 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?

1 hour (group rate) = £13 2 hour = £26 Half day (3 hour) = £39 Full day (10-4) = £78 1-2-1 session = £37 per hour Group booking (min 3 poeple) = £11 per person for a 2 hour session

Is there a cost for sessions?

Yes there is a charge that depends on the length and type of session required. These sessions are either self funded or funded by the referring agency.

What happens in a typical therapy session on the farm?

All sessions are designed specifically to suit the person attending. 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. Activities include: donkey and pony grooming or training; dog training and walking; animal husbandry tasks (eg mucking out stables). Arts and craft and sensory activities, gardening and conservation work, woodwork and land management programmes are also available.

Are you open to the general public too? If so, what are your hours?

During the week we are dedicated to Occupational Therapy and Animal Facilitated Therapy sessions.

At the weekend after 11am we open our gates to the public for unsupervised visits.
We ask for a small donation in return for entry, and visitors can hand feed the animals and visit our gardens.

Can we bring our dog?

Dogs are welcome, at the weekend, as long as they are under control and on a short lead.

How is the farm funded?

Through therapy session fees, public and corporate donations, corporate sponsorship, grants and animal sponsorship.

How can I support the work you do?

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 always need dog walkers, assistants to help the Occupational Therapists, help with marketing and fundraising, and office admin help.

Why was the farm set up?

David and Gill De'ath started Nurture Dogs, which became Nurture Dogs Inc Dedham Therapy Farm CIC. They wanted to make the therapeutic bond between human and animal accessible to as many people as possible.

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!

How is the farm being affected by the Corona / Covid-19 pandemic?

Like many small and independent community projects, the Dedham Therapy Farm is facing an uncertain future. As of Monday 23rd March, we have had to close the farm for therapy sessions. The farm assistants who rely on us for rehabilitation and routine provided by those therapy sessions will no doubt suffer from the disruption, and not all of them will be able to understand why the closure is necessary for their safety. We are determined to do everything we can to ensure the therapy farm is still here for these individuals once this crisis is over. However, that is far from easy without the income from the therapy sessions we run during the week, plus cash donations from the general public visiting at weekends, that ordinarily covers our daily costs of feeding the animals, maintaining the land, paying our rent, bills and insurance, and paying the few staff that take a minimum wage to run things.
It is not overstating the case to say that with things as they are, and both of those income streams unlikely to exist for the foreseeable future, we will not survive the next few months without alternative financial support. If you're at home and wondering how you can help your local community through this tricky period, please consider supporting us by either: a) Contributing to our JustGiving campaign, or sharing the link to it with others who might be in a position to help. b) Buying animal food or other supplies from our Amazon wishlist. We will be extremely grateful for anything we receive. c) Nominating us as your cause when using Easyfundraising. This is a platform that contributes a percentage of what you spend with 1000s of online retailers to your nominated cause, at no extra cost to you. d) Dropping off any straw or other animal bedding, or animal food, that you can currently spare. We already receive some kind donations from a couple of farm shops in the area, and it is a huge help.

Do you have insurance?

Here at the farm we have Employers Liability Insurance and Public Liability Insurance.

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