A Youth Wellbeing Day at Jamie’s Farm

Two young people pick potatoes from the Jamie's Farm garden while one of the staff members explains the process.

LOOKThe Vision Foundation/Fight For Sight and The Powell Family Foundation bring you a project to open the conversation about mental health for VI young adults; sharing lived experiences, bringing people together for community and support, sharing coping strategies and more.

Together we are delighted to be partnering with Jamie’s Farm to offer VI young adults aged 16 – 25 the opportunity to spend the day at a Jamie’s Farm site near you meeting peers, making meaningful connections and exploring how working outdoors and in nature can benefit our wellbeing. The events will utilise therapeutic tools to explore techniques and develop a greater awareness of what good mental health looks like.

Young people and a farm hand herd cows to their field.

Enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside, be active and take some time to reflect on your own personal development. By trying something new and stepping away from your everyday life, you’ll leave the farm not only with a new set of skills but the confidence to take on challenges back at home.

Whether it’s getting involved in something new, trying things outside of your comfort zone or meeting and talking to new people, you’ll have the chance to tackle anything you feel is holding you back in a safe, calm and supportive environment amongst people who are going through similar challenges.

No mobile phones, no distractions. Just a day to get away from it all and reflect on the things that are genuinely important to you.

A video of what a group of a group of inner-city young people experienced at Jamie’s Farm

What the day could look like:

You’ll have the chance to do all sorts of activities like farming, cooking, gardening, log chopping, working with the horses and exploring the countryside; all the activities you’d associate with life on a working farm.

Working alongside a small group of VI young people you’ll learn about helpful tools for maintaining good mental health, find out about the resources available to you and learn from the experiences of others, all while having fun on the farm!

We want you to leave with a better understanding of the benefits of spending time in nature, being around animals and finding joy by living in the moment.

Top down photo of young people and Jamie's Farm staff sat around a large table eating a meal they've just prepared for themselves from the vegetables freshly picked from the garden.

We’re holding an online information event on the 1st of February via Zoom so you’ll know more about what to expect on the day and meet some of the people you’ll be working with. If you have any concerns or questions about the event we can get them sorted during this session so you can feel confident when you arrive at your farm.

To get involved please fill in the form and select the farm closest to you and we’ll get in touch. There are only ten places for each Jamie’s Farm, so secure your place asap.

You can find the locations and dates below.

Update – Bookings have now closed. Email info@look-uk.org to be first to know about future events like this

Lewes – 10th of February – Fully Booked

Skipton – 12th of February – Fully Booked

Bath – 9th of March – Fully Booked

Hereford – Fully Booked – you’re welcome to travel to another farm if you’d still like to get involved!

The closing date for booking your place is the 31st of January.

There are only a small numbers of places at each location so we will be allocating on a first come, first served basis. We will contact you by email to confirm your location or if your location is full. If we have reached capacity for a location, we will add your name to the waiting list and let you know if anyone drops out. If you’re able to consider travel to a different location, please let us know.

A playlist of videos from LOOK’s visit to Jamie’s Farm earlier this year.

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