We're delighted to announce that we can run our residential summer camp this year. Thanks to the generous support of Surrey Virtual School, we will take 12 displaced young people to spend the week with the fabulous team at Jamie's Farm.
Jamie’s Farm has a proven track record of working with vulnerable young people, having a lasting positive impact on their lives and their wellbeing.
This five day programme will focus on:
individualised therapeutic support, particularly focusing on anxiety
a busy daily routine of meaningful, purposeful and practical work (mostly outside)
a place to have fun through team games, challenge activities and down time
constant English support, including language sessions at the beginning and end of each day to prepare and consolidate new language, and support with self-study skills.
Accommodation will be in the beautiful old farmhouse, in rooms shared between three young people, with meals and language sessions taken together around the kitchen table.
There will be a full programme of supervised activities around the farm, feeding and caring for the animals and undertaking land management tasks; in the kitchen garden, planting and harvesting vegetables for our meals; in the arts room, working with resident musician Liz to create music for the evening campfires; and in the stables, looking after the horses, ducks and chickens.
Jamie’s team is highly experienced, and three Big Leaf team members will provide additional support during the week.
Jamie’s farm has a strict no smoking policy and all young people must be certain in advance that they will be able to adhere to this. There are no exceptions to this policy.
Access to phones/screens will also be restricted, but there will be some flexibility around this to acknowledge the importance of some communications to our participants.
Everyone attending is required to be there for the full 5 days.
How to take part The Summer Camp will run from Monday 2 August to Friday 6 August 2021 and is open to displaced young people (aged 16-19) in Surrey. We have worked with key partners and statutory agencies to identify priority young people for this year's summer camp and we are therefore, only inviting those we have contacted directly to sign up now.
We will however be operating a waiting list, should anyone be unable to attend at the last minute. If you would like to add a young person to the waiting list please email us.
If we have contacted you directly to invite you to register please follow the link below.
Our partners Jamie’s Farm acts as a catalyst for change, enabling disadvantaged young people to thrive academically, socially and emotionally. They do this through a unique residential experience, combining farming, family and therapy. Their vision is that vulnerable young people nationwide will be better equipped to thrive during secondary school years and beyond.
COVID-19 ADVICE We're working with our partners to ensure COVID-safe risk assessments are in place for the whole week and we'll make these available to you in advance.
We have also produced written translations of the latest advice surrounding COVID-19, including how to wear a fabric face-mask safely, in the languages spoken by our young people. Please visit our COVID-19 advice page to download these resources, and please do share with anyone you think would benefit from these.