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SERVICES WE OFFER

Through Occupational Therapy we help people to overcome daily obstacles with the help of our animals. Occupational Therapy is a person-centred health profession which promotes health and wellbeing through the use of meaningful and purposeful activities.  All our Occupational Therapists are registered with the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and Health and Care Professions Council.

WHO CAN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY HELP?

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

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We’ve helped hundreds of people to achieve their goals

"Arriving for the first time at Dedham Therapy Farm, we knew we had found something very special. The staff could not be more welcoming and friendly and the farm animals and dogs are simply lovely to be around. It is a real haven of tranquillity tucked away from the hubbub of daily life, and with the knowledge and expertise of the staff, along with their natural intuitiveness and kind, step by step approach, they offer a highly individualised therapeutic experience that helps build confidence, independence and skills for life. We would highly recommend Dedham Therapy Farm to any family needing that extra little bit of gentle support."

WHAT MIGHT BE INVOLVED?

We personalise every plan for the specific needs of the person. Whether it's help with communication, social cues, sensory skills, self-confidence, stress relief, empathy, teamwork or you just want to learn a new skill, we have the expertise to help you. Some of the tasks involved may include:

Feeding the animals
Farm Repairs
Animal husbandry tasks
Dog walking & training
Gardening
Grooming & training the animals 
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HOW TO ACCESS OUR SERVICE

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Is this something you would be interested in doing?

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Complete the referral form and send it to us

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Have an initial visit arrange by a team member

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You will receive a session offer, then get started!

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, 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 £14 is per hour, 121 is £39 per hour. Dog Therapy in the community is upon quotation.




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.




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




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!





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Mill Ln, Dedham,

Colchester

CO7 6DH

hello@dedhamtherapyfarm.org.uk

01206 322070

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