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Adopting an animal is really easy. You simply choose the subscription plan you want and then click the PayPal button. You can then manage your subscription through your PayPal account.

The biggest and most effective way to support The Island Community Haven is through adopting an animal. Your adoption and support will allow us to continue to care for animals who are in need of a second chance. There are many individual perks to adopting an animal which are detailed below, but many of these rewards spread much further into the local community.

Find out more and see the perks of adopting an animal

Adopting an animal is really easy. You simply choose the subscription plan you want and then click the PayPal button. You can then manage your subscription through your PayPal account.

The biggest and most effective way to support The Island Community Haven is through adopting an animal. Your adoption and support will allow us to continue to care for animals who are in need of a second chance. There are many individual perks to adopting an animal which are detailed below, but many of these rewards spread much further into the local community.

Find out more and see the perks of adopting an animal

Layla the farm dog, absolutely loves coming to the Island with mummy Ali and spending all day with the children. She’s a happy little Staffie, who literally smiles from cheek to cheek and has a heart of gold (to match her gorgeous golden fur). Like most of the animals, Layla knows her own mind and will try her very hardest to tell you what she wants – especially upon arrival, first thing in the morning she stands in the picnic bench (which she knows is not allowed) barking until she’s given fuss. And she doesn’t stop there, because if she doesn’t feel like you’ve given her enough fuss, she will bark some more. Layla absolutely adores playing football with the young people, however it’s much better is she watches from the side-lines because a ball can quickly deflate after she sinks her teeth into it! Layla loves rolling around in the hay and straw store, hiding sticks and treats in there for later –regularly we can find an old-half-eaten dog treat in there that she has forgotten about! Layla loves days spent at the farm, she’s always up and ready to come to work with Ali (just not on the really cold days where she’d rather stay in bed – but who can blame her?!).

Staffords are highly intelligent, but they are also freethinkers who like to do things their own way. They need firm, patient, consistent training. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are energetic dogs who need a vigorous walk or play session daily. … Like all terriers, Staffords are diggers.

A Dog’s Purpose

Layla was adopted in 2013, when she was between 8 and 20 months old. She was from a private rescue kennels in Loughborough, that unfortunately was closed down for giving dogs away, without conducting home checks – luckily Layla found her way to us! When we first met Layla, it was obvious that she loved humans more than the company of other dogs. As soon as Dan had collected her, she did a full Tasmanian Devil spin in the car as she was so happy to be adopted (which lasted for a full 10 minutes before the car could be safely driven). Layla began coming to work at the Island with Dan and it took a while for her to learn to stay on-site, but once she knew her commands and worked out which areas were safe – she was an absolute dream to have, loving her time spent out on the field and rolling in who-knows-what?! Not only does Layla love her time at the farm, but she enjoys playfighting with her other doggy pals and swimming in the lake at Elvaston Castle. She also loves fetching sticks and riding on the lawnmower and digger whenever Dan had big jobs to do at the farm!

When Dan went on a long trip, Layla was looked after by Ali & Stu and continued to come to the farm, every day with Alison. And since then, Ali & Dan have shared custody of Layla, because Ali and Stu feel so in love with Layla that it was hard to give her straight back to Dan. Layla adores all of her parents, and staff and young people at the farm. She’s a pampered pooch and on colder days she can be spotted snuggling down in The Quiet Room with our learners. Layla is a little ball of sunshine and has a very happy life, with the perfect balance of freedom at the farm and all the comforts of home. After her days at the farm, she is so tired that she will have her dinner and sleep for the rest of the evening but is up and ready (even before we are) to come to the farm and play all day. She’s a little diva and has to be close to her favourite humans all the time – the young people often refer to her as Ali’s ‘shadow’ – but her love extends much further than to just her parents.

Meet Layla the farm dog

Layla the farm dog, absolutely loves coming to the Island with mummy Ali and spending all day with the children. She’s a happy little Staffie, who literally smiles from cheek to cheek and has a heart of gold (to match her gorgeous golden fur). Like most of the animals, Layla knows her own mind and will try her very hardest to tell you what she wants – especially upon arrival, first thing in the morning she stands in the picnic bench (which she knows is not allowed) barking until she’s given fuss. And she doesn’t stop there, because if she doesn’t feel like you’ve given her enough fuss, she will bark some more. Layla absolutely adores playing football with the young people, however it’s much better is she watches from the side-lines because a ball can quickly deflate after she sinks her teeth into it! Layla loves rolling around in the hay and straw store, hiding sticks and treats in there for later –regularly we can find an old-half-eaten dog treat in there that she has forgotten about! Layla loves days spent at the farm, she’s always up and ready to come to work with Ali (just not on the really cold days where she’d rather stay in bed – but who can blame her?!).

Staffords are highly intelligent, but they are also freethinkers who like to do things their own way. They need firm, patient, consistent training. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are energetic dogs who need a vigorous walk or play session daily. … Like all terriers, Staffords are diggers.

A Dog’s Purpose

Layla was adopted in 2013, when she was between 8 and 20 months old. She was from a private rescue kennels in Loughborough, that unfortunately was closed down for giving dogs away, without conducting home checks – luckily Layla found her way to us! When we first met Layla, it was obvious that she loved humans more than the company of other dogs. As soon as Dan had collected her, she did a full Tasmanian Devil spin in the car as she was so happy to be adopted (which lasted for a full 10 minutes before the car could be safely driven). Layla began coming to work at the Island with Dan and it took a while for her to learn to stay on-site, but once she knew her commands and worked out which areas were safe – she was an absolute dream to have, loving her time spent out on the field and rolling in who-knows-what?! Not only does Layla love her time at the farm, but she enjoys playfighting with her other doggy pals and swimming in the lake at Elvaston Castle. She also loves fetching sticks and riding on the lawnmower and digger whenever Dan had big jobs to do at the farm!

When Dan went on a long trip, Layla was looked after by Ali & Stu and continued to come to the farm, every day with Alison. And since then, Ali & Dan have shared custody of Layla, because Ali and Stu feel so in love with Layla that it was hard to give her straight back to Dan. Layla adores all of her parents, and staff and young people at the farm. She’s a pampered pooch and on colder days she can be spotted snuggling down in The Quiet Room with our learners. Layla is a little ball of sunshine and has a very happy life, with the perfect balance of freedom at the farm and all the comforts of home. After her days at the farm, she is so tired that she will have her dinner and sleep for the rest of the evening but is up and ready (even before we are) to come to the farm and play all day. She’s a little diva and has to be close to her favourite humans all the time – the young people often refer to her as Ali’s ‘shadow’ – but her love extends much further than to just her parents.

Layla in action

Video Credit:

The Island Project is an alternative education facility which is based on The Island Community Haven Farm. At the provision, many hard to reach young people learn to manage their social, emotional and mental health by participating in animal-assisted learning, many other outdoor learning activities, alongside AimVoc qualifications.

This video has been created alongside the young people who attend The Haven and who care for and love all of our animals.

Dog Welfare Considerations

Although Staffies were created in 19th-century Britain to be a small, fast fighting dog, those days are long past. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog breed of today is a fine companion known for their courage, intelligence, and love of children. Despite their affectionate and playful nature, Staffies do best with experienced pet parents who can socialise them early and keep up with consistent training. Meet the breed’s needs, and you’ll have a faithful, adoring member of the family.

While each dog is different and some obviously live far longer than others, the average lifespan for this particular breed is about 12 to 14 years. Some people get these dogs and then are surprised to learn they live that long. As is the case with any breed, it’s always a good idea to do your homework and know exactly what you are getting into before you settle on any dog. This usually means that both you and the dog will be much happier in the long run.

The bonds that these dogs are capable of developing with individuals are incredible. Many people are literally astounded by the fact that the bonds that are developed between dog and human are so strong, but it’s really not all that uncommon for this breed. They have a tendency to enjoy being around people and they like to please those that they are closest to. Since they spend an overwhelming majority of their time with these individuals, it’s not at all uncommon for them to build strong bonds with the people that they see most often.

How can you help?

When rehoming an animal, there is a lot to consider; including staff expertise and further training requirements, accommodation and space, equipment costs, and dietary requirements, just to name a few!

The biggest and most effective way to support The Island Community Haven is through adopting an animal. Your adoption and support will allow us to continue to care for animals who are in need of a second chance. There are many individual perks to adopting an animal which are detailed below; but many of these rewards spread much further into the wider community.

Rescue and rehomed animals will now have the opportunity to live a free-range lifestyle, to help young people manage their mental health and to feel love and care, which they themselves perhaps have not experienced before.  None of this would be possible without the animal adoring communities of Draycott, Borrowash, Risley and beyond.

Ideal last minute gift?

Why not adopt an animal for a special friend or relative. You will receive a member’s pack and perks to go along with many other perks, as part of your membership. See below for more information.

Attend a meet-up?

Fancy mucking out our animals, feeding them, fussing them and seeing the farm? Did you know that every Sunday, the farm is open to the local community.

Adopting An Animal is as easy as 1, 2, 3

1. Choose an animal to adopt

All of our animals are amazing, but who is your favourite?

2. Choose your subscription

Once subscribed you can manage your subscription directly through PayPal.

3. Become part of the community

Thank you for being amazing! We can’t wait to see you soon.

Perks of Adopting An Animal

When you adopt an animal, you become part of The Island Community Haven family

Silver

A great gift for all occasions

eCertificate & Thank You letter

Download Pack – Bursting with resources, animal videos, screen savers and more.

Subscriber-only content

Monthly updates

£5

per month

Gold

Perfect for those who want to get involved

Posted Certificate and Welcome Pack

Download Pack – Bursting with resources, animal videos, screen savers and more.

Subscriber-only content

Monthly updates

Patron Visits

Meet-ups

Discounts on other services

£10

per month

Platinum

Ideal for groups or those who can support more

Posted Certificate and Welcome Pack

Download Pack – Bursting with resources, animal videos, screen savers and more.

Subscriber-only content

Monthly updates

Patron Visits

Meet-ups

Discounts on other services

Exclusive rental of the farm

£20+

per month

  • eCertificate (silver) or posted laminated Certificate (Gold & Platinum)
  • Download Pack containing different resources, videos of the animal you have adopted, screen savers and more.

The Island Community Haven has a private group area for all Gold and Platinum supporters. The area has regular updates including virtual tours of the farm and opportunities to interact with staff and animals. The content in this area is exclusive for those who have adopted an animal.

The Island Community Haven runs many other services outside of adopting an animal; The Island Project is an Alternative Provision which supports vulnerable young people who for a range of complex reasons are not accessing mainstream schooling, so instead young people access the farm and participant in animal-assisted learning, outside of the classroom-based learning, woodwork, art, gardening and much more.

Young People take part in regular English and Media sessions to bring you monthly newsletters written by the young people at The Island Project Farming & Education Centre.

Oversight of the newsletter will be completed by a member of staff who will also include many other relevant updates.

Throughout the year The Island Community Haven would love to invite everyone who has adopted an animal to come to the farm and see us in action. Dates are released throughout the year via email and social media.

Patrons will have exclusive use of the farm, meaning supporters can bring the family along to feed, fuss and engage with all of our animals. Staff will be at hand with activities and informative chats.

Hot drinks and food will also be available, making patron visits an ideal trip out for the family.

Sundays 10 am – 12 midday. Booking essential (Gold & Platinum – Free)

The purpose of The Island Community Haven meetups is to allow the local community the opportunity to visit a farm, which has lots of rescued animals and help care for them, maintain their accommodation and carry out minor repairs. Although the farm is utilized throughout the week by many different services, maintenance of the farm can build up. Together, during meetups volunteers can help keep the farm, animals and surrounding areas well kept.

The farm also hosts a community allotment patch, which is accessed throughout the week by young people and partners at The Island Project as well as those who attend meetups. In the garden you can expect to be learning gardening techniques, keeping fit while in nature and taking healthy food home for the family.

The farm is located on a 3-acre patch of land in Draycott which boarders Borrowash and Risley. Although the aims of meetups are to volunteer – socialising and meeting likeminded people is also a big part of the session. No previous experience is required, just a ‘can do’ attitude. Children under 16 or those with learning difficulties or additional support requirements must be accompanied by an adult.

Please contact Alison on 07970865154 before attending to secure your place.

As the Island Community Haven grows and becomes more sustainable more and more services will come to fruition. Discount is 50% for Gold and Platinum supporters.

Current services available for discount:

  • Exclusive use of site rental: The farm site can be rented for a range of business or personal occasions. For more information please click here
  • Party rental: Special Educational Needs (SEN) parties can be facilitated with trained staff provided. For more information please click here
  • Events: As part of fundraising efforts and efforts to bring the local community together with the Island Community Haven hosts a range of events held throughout the year. As a member, you will receive 50% of the entrance pricing for you and your visiting group.

Up and coming services:

  • Magic Manure: This service aims to provide those who already garden or who are interested in gardening with horse manure. Horse manure is an excellent want to replenish and regenerate soil which has been worked for many years and would benefit from a nutritional top-up. Alternatively, this service supports those who are just starting out; horse manure can be used to create new planting beds.
  • Workshops: Bringing experts to the farm to share knowledge and experiences is something the Haven is looking to develop. As a Silver or Platinum member, you will receive 50% of the entrance pricing for you and your visiting group.

Platinum supporters have the opportunity to use the farm space for an occasion of your choice for a morning, afternoon or evening session – for FREE (2-hour slots). This could be a social group, youth group, parties, family gathering, corporate meeting venue etc.

Booking is subject to availability, please contact us for more information.

Perks of Adopting An Animal

When you adopt an animal, you become part of The Island Community Haven family

Silver

A great gift for all occasions

eCertificate & Thank You letter

Download Pack – Bursting with resources, animal videos, screen savers and more.

Subscriber-only content

Monthly updates

£5

per month

Gold

Perfect for those who want to get involved

Posted Certificate and Welcome Pack

Download Pack – Bursting with resources, animal videos, screen savers and more.

Subscriber-only content

Monthly updates

Patron Visits

Meet-ups

Discounts on other services

£10

per month

Platinum

Ideal for groups or those who can support more

Posted Certificate and Welcome Pack

Download Pack – Bursting with resources, animal videos, screen savers and more.

Subscriber-only content

Monthly updates

Patron Visits

Meet-ups

Discounts on other services

Exclusive rental of the farm

£20+

per month

  • eCertificate (silver) or posted laminated Certificate (Gold & Platinum)
  • Download Pack containing different resources, videos of the animal you have adopted, screen savers and more.

The Island Community Haven has a private group area for all Gold and Platinum supporters. The area has regular updates including virtual tours of the farm and opportunities to interact with staff and animals. The content in this area is exclusive for those who have adopted an animal.

The Island Community Haven runs many other services outside of adopting an animal; The Island Project is an Alternative Provision which supports vulnerable young people who for a range of complex reasons are not accessing mainstream schooling, so instead young people access the farm and participant in animal-assisted learning, outside of the classroom-based learning, woodwork, art, gardening and much more.

Young People take part in regular English and Media sessions to bring you monthly newsletters written by the young people at The Island Project Farming & Education Centre.

Oversight of the newsletter will be completed by a member of staff who will also include many other relevant updates.

Throughout the year The Island Community Haven would love to invite everyone who has adopted an animal to come to the farm and see us in action. Dates are released throughout the year via email and social media.

Patrons will have exclusive use of the farm, meaning supporters can bring the family along to feed, fuss and engage with all of our animals. Staff will be at hand with activities and informative chats.

Hot drinks and food will also be available, making patron visits an ideal trip out for the family.

Sundays 10 am – 12 midday. Booking essential (Gold & Platinum – Free)

The purpose of The Island Community Haven meetups is to allow the local community the opportunity to visit a farm, which has lots of rescued animals and help care for them, maintain their accommodation and carry out minor repairs. Although the farm is utilized throughout the week by many different services, maintenance of the farm can build up. Together, during meetups volunteers can help keep the farm, animals and surrounding areas well kept.

The farm also hosts a community allotment patch, which is accessed throughout the week by young people and partners at The Island Project as well as those who attend meetups. In the garden you can expect to be learning gardening techniques, keeping fit while in nature and taking healthy food home for the family.

The farm is located on a 3-acre patch of land in Draycott which boarders Borrowash and Risley. Although the aims of meetups are to volunteer – socialising and meeting likeminded people is also a big part of the session. No previous experience is required, just a ‘can do’ attitude. Children under 16 or those with learning difficulties or additional support requirements must be accompanied by an adult.

Please contact Alison on 07970865154 before attending to secure your place.

As the Island Community Haven grows and becomes more sustainable more and more services will come to fruition. Discount is 50% for Gold and Platinum supporters.

Current services available for discount:

  • Exclusive use of site rental: The farm site can be rented for a range of business or personal occasions. For more information please click here
  • Party rental: Special Educational Needs (SEN) parties can be facilitated with trained staff provided. For more information please click here
  • Events: As part of fundraising efforts and efforts to bring the local community together with the Island Community Haven hosts a range of events held throughout the year. As a member, you will receive 50% of the entrance pricing for you and your visiting group.

Up and coming services:

  • Magic Manure: This service aims to provide those who already garden or who are interested in gardening with horse manure. Horse manure is an excellent want to replenish and regenerate soil which has been worked for many years and would benefit from a nutritional top-up. Alternatively, this service supports those who are just starting out; horse manure can be used to create new planting beds.
  • Workshops: Bringing experts to the farm to share knowledge and experiences is something the Haven is looking to develop. As a Silver or Platinum member, you will receive 50% of the entrance pricing for you and your visiting group.

Platinum supporters have the opportunity to use the farm space for an occasion of your choice for a morning, afternoon or evening session – for FREE (2-hour slots). This could be a social group, youth group, parties, family gathering, corporate meeting venue etc.

Booking is subject to availability, please contact us for more information.

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