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Building Futures boost for community farm project

12 July 2021

A charity in Wiltshire that supports disadvantaged young people at risk of academic and social exclusion has been given a £1,000 boost by our Wessex region.


Jamie’s Farm has five locations across the UK, including its first permanent home in Ditteridge, and its vision is to ensure vulnerable children nationwide are better equipped to succeed in life. The charity has been handed the grant from our Wessex region as part of our re-launched Building Futures campaign, which runs until August and will deliver more £1m to good causes this year.

Jill Blane, fundraising and corporate relations, said: “We’ve achieved so much since we began in 2009, but none of this would have been possible without the generous support of companies like Persimmon Homes. This £1,000 will go towards funding our unique programmes that see small groups of children immersed into farm life during a weeklong residential. They tackle real jobs with tangible outcomes within a supportive family environment that encourages cooperation, boosts self-esteem and builds positive relationships. We aim to improve young people’s mental wellbeing, behaviour and engagement by building life skills.”

Jamie’s Farm addresses the root causes of exclusion and provides a clear plan for change, allowing young people to see themselves differently. Jill added: “Whilst children are with us they are given time and space to reflect, renew and ultimately determine a new path for themselves. We create an environment where children feel respected and are given opportunities to display their talents and show responsibility. A visit to Jamie’s Farm does not end when young people leave; our legacy strand ensures we work in partnership with all our schools to ensure impact lasts.”

Building Futures aims to support community groups working with under-18s across three categories – education & arts, health, and sport. A total of 128 grants of £1,000 will be awarded across all 32 of our regional businesses to improve local facilities and the delivery of vital community projects. Three initiatives will go on to win £100,000 each through a national online public vote. The winners will be named at a gala dinner for finalists in November. In each sector – education & arts, health, and sport – as well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

Pauline Fletcher, sales director at Wessex, said: “We’re delighted to support Jamie’s Farm with their exciting projects in the local community. The farm environment is a great way to get young people out of the classroom and challenge them in different ways, many of which they won’t have experienced before. Entries for Building Futures are open until mid-August so we’d urge more youth groups in our area to apply by visiting the Persimmon Homes website.”

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