The Haven rehomes and rescues animals that are in need of a second chance. Many of our animals have come from local people who for a range of reasons can no longer provide care. The benefits of interacting with animals include lowering stress levels, improving emotional wellbeing and mood, reducing loneliness and an improved sense of social support.
Each animal has their own amazing story of how they came to live at the farm and how they are thriving today. The farm is utilized by several groups who benefit from animal-assisted learning, which influences improved wellbeing and mental health within a safe environment.
The Haven offers works in partnership with The Island Project who offer alternative education to vulnerable and at-risk young people. This service helps young people develop confidence using a hands-on, outside of the classroom-based learning. The Haven also runs community meet-up days on a Sunday which allows the local community to get involved with petting and mucking out our animals.
The farm has an allotment patch that is maintained by a range of community groups. Young people and adults can access the allotment during meet-ups which provide the opportunity for hands-on activities which can help develop new skills such as using hand tools, learning sowing and growing techniques as well as other sustainable organic practices.
Other eco-friendly services are being developed that promote the use of organic and regenerative practices within the garden and household environment. One example of this is a scheme dubbed ‘deliver poo’ who serve the Nottingham area; The Haven would like to serve community gardens, avid gardeners, schools and others within Derbyshire. The benefits of using horse manure in the garden are improved aeration and drainage as well as being a fine soil improver. This is because horse manure contains lots of nutrients which can help feed hungry plants, leading to better growth and yields without destroying soil structure and fertility. Horse manure is often burnt by farmers as a form of waste management, so as you can see, using manure in the garden instead is also better for the environment.
Other community groups, businesses or individuals can pre-book the whole site exclusively for a range of events, such as: parties, corporate meetings, educational visits, group visits, and so on.
Specialised staffing for special needs or demonstrations can also be arranged on request. Please visit our venue hire page for more information.
The Island Project Farming & Education Centre are a partnering service who provide alternative education for complex and vulnerable young people. Learners are unable to access mainstream school for a variety of reasons and are at risk of being permanently excluded from school or NEET (not in education, employment or training).
The Island Project is committed to supporting The Havens efforts in giving animals and people a second chance in life. Young people aged 8-19 access the farm during the week to engage in animal-assisted learning and outside of the classroom-based learning to help improve social, emotional and mental health outcomes.
Clubs & Holiday Schemes:
The Haven has developed a range of schemes through grant backing, to help facilitate opportunities that allow the local community to access the farm and experience the social, emotional and mental health benefits that come with working with animals and participating in outdoor activities.
For more information on upcoming after school clubs, summer schemes and other clubs please visit our Clubs & Holiday Schemes page.