Supported and Therapeutic Work Experience Sessions

Children, young people and adults come to the farm for a whole variety of reasons.  

There is a whole wealth of research that tells us the benefits of being with animals, being outdoors and being active, on your emotional well-being.  These include, amongst many others, a decrease of anxiety, increased resilience (emotionally and physically), an increase in social and overall confidence and many more benefits to your overall well-being.

At the farm we support children, young people and adults to develop their personal goals and overall development, including overcoming personal hurdles. This includes people with a variety of additional needs.

We support children and young people who may be out of school or access the farm as part of their educational programme. This may include tutors coming to the farm to ensure children who are not in education is accessing learning in the core subjects. Each and every person who is referred to us is individual and has a set of circumstances that we will work in partnership with the professionals involved to ensure we support in the best possible way.

Work experience sessions at the farm all involve undertaking general farm and animal care tasks, such as feeding, making beds, repairing fencing and other animal care tasks, including a great deal of animal handling.

There is a general framework and two categories of the work experiences offered and these are outlined below.

Supported Work experience

  For children and young people between 10-18 who require low level support to partake in sessions.

¨ 3 ½ hour sessions 9am-12.30am and 1pm – 4.30pm, currently available Sunday-Thursday.

¨ Supported by a General Assistant, (OT or Social work) student and/or other farm staff.

¨ No more than 4 young people in a session.

Therapeutic Work Experience

For children, young people, adults, families and groups, with mild to severe social, emotional or behavioural needs, and/or additional learning or mobility needs.

¨ 3 ½ hour sessions 9am-12.30am and 1pm – 4.30pm, currently available Monday-Saturday.

¨ Supported/Facilitated by a therapeutic practitioner.

¨ Goal Based Outcomes (Dr Duncan) set, recorded and evaluated session by session.

¨ Regular (usually termly) report on progress and outcomes.

You can download the work experience leaflet and referral form here:

Work experience information for professionals

Referral Form INDIVIDUAL Elysian Services 2018

The work experience placements are usually booked ahead in block bookings for a period of time (usually a term), though can also be booked as ‘ad hoc’ days as long as we have capacity in our diary.

The activities vary greatly, though the supported work experience is focussed on what the animals or farm needs, and children/young people undertake general animal and farm tasks, and the Therapeutic work experience activities are chosen based on the needs and goals of the person we are working with, and are user led. They all include working with a selection of our animals, providing care and attention to all the animals on the farm.

Please contact us for information about how we might support your needs or the needs of someone you are working with.                 01483 898 517