Having grown up surrounded by the countryside and a love of ponies I wanted to work with animals so veterinary nursing beckoned.
I loved every minute of being part of a mixed large and small animal veterinary surgery, but it was time for a family to take over my time, being lucky to live in Abberley and bring up children in a beautiful small village with a strong community, and as my kids grew so did our menagerie of animals…
Life has a few ups and downs and my daughter became ill and developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, resulting in her missing a lot of school. Not long after my close friend suffered a severe brain haemorrhage, recovering but needing to re-learn everyday life skills. These set backs were to change our future as both needed lots of rehabilitation support to recover and me to be re-educated, although I firmly believe nothing teaches you quite like the experiences of being a Mum!
My new career path merged links with Acquired Brain Injury Occupational Therapy Rehabilitation, Kidderminster College and Worcestershire Medical Education Team.
I soon realised there was a need for a diverse group of young people to access the opportunities my family have grown up with, to find a way for them to enjoy the countryside, surrounded by animals and caring people to help them overcome personal barriers to find alternative ways to engage in meaningful activities and gain recognition for their hard work, so a dream started to take shape and plan hatched ….and Abberley Care Farm was born in 2009. We are and always intend to remain a small friendly, family run enterprise.
Along the way we have formed strong links to provide Animal Care / Land based and Life Skills courses for local High Schools, Kidderminster College and the Medical Education Team as well as providing valuable 1:1 therapeutic animal assisted sessions for many individuals both via children’s services, private clients and primary schools.
The facilities have been purpose built to suit our learners needs to provide a warm and welcoming environment where young people can have fun, learn, achieve and overcome barriers to feel they truly belong. We pride ourselves on tailoring the day to meet individual students needs and building self-confidence and self-belief to give them the very best opportunity to reach their full potential.
Many of our young people will attend through school and continue on for college, so it’s not unusual for us to be a big part of their lives for 4 years… Some of the best bits of the job are keeping in touch with students long after they have left us, following their career progress, giving job references, hearing they have passed driving tests, become married, to welcome them back to show their children around the animals…. sometimes I just pop the kettle on and put the world to rights when things get tough and they need a friend.
Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to know more about Abberley Care Farm.