The Children’s Centre Community Farm project is strengthening its programmes for young people and families with additional needs thanks to a Celton Manx Recognition award.
The award is funding the services of a horticultural therapist for six months and purchase of specialist propagation equipment.
The 15-acre Community Farm provides a tranquil setting where young people take part in activities that lead them to discover the natural world in a caring and educational environment and, in so doing, develop their social skills and self-confidence.
One such activity is ‘The Red Hot Chilli Fellas’ pilot project being delivered with the support of horticultural therapist Adrian who explained: ‘Red Hot Chilli Fellas is just one of our programmes that are all about engaging young people with nature in a way that gives them the reassurance and confidence to realise their potential and connect more easily with the community. In other words, we work alongside them to identify and draw out their abilities so ultimately we can set them on a pathway to wellbeing. We’re therefore enormously grateful to Celton Manx for their support with this Recognition award.’
Scheme coordinator Lee added: ‘We’re seeing the guys beginning to grow, to engage better with each other, their families and the wider community. We’re already looking at new challenges, possibly a formalised mentoring or volunteering programme, as well as social enterprise schemes, so to have received a Recognition award from Celton Manx is making a very real difference.’
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery said: ‘It has been a privilege to learn of the breadth and depth of the programmes the team at The Children’s Centre Farm team are developing. After meeting some of the young people engaged in such a variety of inspirational projects it’s clear that the combination of the rural setting, nurturing environment and holistic approach is producing positive outcomes. The skills, confidence and sense of worth these young people are gaining have the power to transform their lives as well as open up vocational opportunities so that they are able to play a meaningful and rewarding role in the community.’
Recognition is the corporate social responsibility programme of Celton Manx.
The scheme aims to recognise and support the island’s lower-profile charities and not-for-profit organisations with only limited resources in order to fund, develop and promote their services.
In 2018 Celton Manx made 25 Recognition awards. Applications for the Recognition programme 2019 will open in November 2018.
(Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery is pictured with some of The Children’s Centre Community Farm team members. Photo Matt Mosur)