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All the fun on the farm returns to Whirlow!

Fun On The Farm

All the fun on the farm returns to Whirlow! Whirlow Hall Farm Trust’s Farm Fayre returns this July after four years away!

Sunday 2nd July 2023 will see Whirlow Hall Farm Trust’s fields filled with a huge variety of activities to keep the whole family entertained all day; from Boney Fido Dog Training’s ‘have a go’ dog agility, to sampling some of Whirlow’s own wine and cider.

For the kids there are workshops, shows and entertainment, rides and slides, games, pony riding, dinosaurs, bubbles, crafts and more. There’s even a chance to meet and ride a unicorn, yes, a real unicorn of course! And once the adults are exhausted by all of that, there’s space to grab a deck chair and a drink from the bar, choose from a range of street food stalls, and listen to some live music.

The event runs from 11am – 4pm on Sunday 2nd July. All the funds raised will go to supporting Whirlow’s work with vulnerable children and young people in our city.

Sarah Kerrigan, Head of Fundraising and Events at Whirlow said: “We’re delighted to be able to bring Farm Fayre back after an extended break. We are still feeling the aftereffects of the pandemic in places, so to have one of our biggest events of the year finally back feels amazing and will raise vital funds for the vulnerable children and young people we support here at the farm.”

Tickets are just £6 per adult, and children are free! To book your tickets CLICK HERE

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About Whirlow Hall Farm Trust

Whirlow Hall Farm Trust is an educational and environmental charity based on a working farm in Sheffield. We provide a range of educational and therapeutic programmes on our working farm with a focus on supporting children and young people who are struggling due to complex and debilitating disadvantages and acute trauma.

The children and young people we support are among the most disadvantaged in our region, facing a complex combination of difficulties, including medical and mental health conditions, learning needs and disabilities, and heart-breaking personal circumstances. The youngsters we work with may have been excluded from school, or at risk of exclusion. They may be school refusers, or on reduced timetables or accessing a full timetable but are struggling to stay engaged, finding more academic subjects challenging. Through our work, we support these youngsters to reduce their anxieties and reengage with education.

Whirlow LIFE (Learning In a Farming Environment) students; Matthew, Eryn, and Matthew. 
Whirlow LIFE tutors Will and Charlotte
Horatio the Bull

Our activities are fun, engaging, and tailored to the needs of our learners with every young person having their own goals and achievements.

Our aim is to inspire them to explore their capacity for growth; physically, emotionally, and creatively. Our priority is to reduce anxiety. We can then support the child/young person to re-engage with education.

We expect 85% to show a reduction in anxieties within 12 weeks at Whirlow. For those who stay longer, we expect this to increase to 95% within six months.

Success looks different for each child or young person. This could be returning to their school and being more engaged, moving on to a new school, starting at a special school or gaining qualifications to move onto further education. Last year, 86% progressed in a way that was suitable for them and their abilities.  We expect this to be at least 90% in the year ending July 2023.

Support for our young people aged over 16 with learning disabilities is longer term and our retention rate is 96% which shows this is the right place for them.  Ninety-three percent maintain (7%) or improve (86%) their mental and social wellbeing. They also work towards individual targets set by their Education, Health and Care Plan.

For more information about Whirlow Hall Farm, visit the WEBSITE

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