Adopt An Animal - Goats

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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

Here at The Island, we have 3 goats Andrew, Betty and Skip. These three are very cheeky and are forever up to mischief. Andrew, now at 16 years old, is the longest reigning king of the farm and was Jacqui and Ali’s first animal back in 2007. And, Skip and Betty, mother and daughter are always by his side.

‘Why is it so hard to have a good conversation with a goat? Because they are always butting in!’

The Story of 3 goats gruff…

As aforementioned, Andrew was Ali and Jacqui’s very first animal back in 2007. He was born in 2004 along with his brother (who was actually his sister) Dave. Andrew and Dave were gifted to Ali and Jacqui when they first set up The Island Project: Farming and Education Centre and have travelled to each farm site over the years. Unfortunately, Dave passed away after an incident involving a stray animal bite on the old land in South Normanton. Andrew has been with Jacqui and Ali from day dot (often travelling with oven gloves over his horns to keep everyone safe during transport)! At the newest land here in Draycott, The Island were asked if they could house two more goats, providing Andrew with two new companions to live amongst.

Skip and Betty were donated to The Island when Skip was around 3 years old and Betty 2 years old, born in 2009 and 2011. Skip is Betty’s mother although Betty for sure is boss out of the two of them. They have lived alongside Andrew since 2012 and have never been separated since. Due to Andrew’s extremely large horns and cantankerous (but loveable) nature, the girls are housed next to Andrew in a separate pen at night, but with lots of visibility and space to rub noses. Andrew loves playing with his ladies and will often protect them from other animals at the farm, although when there is food around, Andrew makes sure that he gets the largest share!

Our goats are very affectionate (especially Andrew now that he is getting older) and because of this, we find it very hard to stay mad at them for any longer than a few seconds when they begin to cause havoc on the farm. Betty, the smartest of the three, has mastered unlocking latches into other animal pens, and to the sensory or vegetable gardens – she’s always followed by her elders and before we know it, most of Jonny’s strawberry plants have been munched! The girls are extremely agile too, often breaking into Roderick’s pen during feed time – their antics have resulted in a strict feeding schedule whereby they are last to be let out last, otherwise, no-one will have any food left! Despite this strict feeding schedule, the goats still cause chaos on their way down to the field as Andrew often makes a b-line for the feed room! However, we must say that we love them dearly although they insist on keeping us on our toes!! Goats have been demonised through the years, often with links to Satan although personally we can’t see it and although there is plenty of devilment – there is no actual devil.

Andrew, Betty & Skip Goats

Here at The Island, we have 3 goats Andrew, Betty and Skip. These three are very cheeky and are forever up to mischief. Andrew, now at 16 years old, is the longest reigning king of the farm and was Jacqui and Ali’s first animal back in 2007. And, Skip and Betty, mother and daughter are always by his side.

‘Why is it so hard to have a good conversation with a goat? Because they are always butting in!’

As aforementioned, Andrew was Ali and Jacqui’s very first animal back in 2007. He was born in 2004 along with his brother (who was actually his sister) Dave. Andrew and Dave were gifted to Ali and Jacqui when they first set up The Island Project: Farming and Education Centre and have travelled to each farm site over the years. Unfortunately, Dave passed away after an incident involving a stray animal bite on the old land in South Normanton. Andrew has been with Jacqui and Ali from day dot (often travelling with oven gloves over his horns to keep everyone safe during transport)! At the newest land here in Draycott, The Island were asked if they could house two more goats, providing Andrew with two new companions to live amongst.

Skip and Betty were donated to The Island when Skip was around 3 years old and Betty 2 years old, born in 2009 and 2011. Skip is Betty’s mother although Betty for sure is boss out of the two of them. They have lived alongside Andrew since 2012 and have never been separated since. Due to Andrew’s extremely large horns and cantankerous (but loveable) nature, the girls are housed next to Andrew in a separate pen at night, but with lots of visibility and space to rub noses. Andrew loves playing with his ladies and will often protect them from other animals at the farm, although when there is food around, Andrew makes sure that he gets the largest share!

Our goats are very affectionate (especially Andrew now that he is getting older) and because of this, we find it very hard to stay mad at them for any longer than a few seconds when they begin to cause havoc on the farm. Betty, the smartest of the three, has mastered unlocking latches into other animal pens, and to the sensory or vegetable gardens – she’s always followed by her elders and before we know it, most of Jonny’s strawberry plants have been munched! The girls are extremely agile too, often breaking into Roderick’s pen during feed time – their antics have resulted in a strict feeding schedule whereby they are last to be let out last, otherwise, no-one will have any food left! Despite this strict feeding schedule, the goats still cause chaos on their way down to the field as Andrew often makes a b-line for the feed room! However, we must say that we love them dearly although they insist on keeping us on our toes!! Goats have been demonised through the years, often with links to Satan although personally we can’t see it and although there is plenty of devilment – there is no actual devil.

The Goats 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.

Goat Welfare Considerations

Goats have four stomachs! Their stomach is split into four chambers which helps goats to digest tough grass and hay. Their food has to pass through each area to make sure that no non-digestible objects can be separated out. You’ve probably heard of the saying ‘chewing the cud’ and this is where goats regurgitate some food to be chewed for the second time before it can be digested fully in the ‘true’ stomach, the abomasum. Animals that regurgitate their food for a second round of chewing are called ‘ruminants’.

Goats don’t have any teeth on their top jaw! Instead, they have a ‘dental pad’ which is really strong and allows for more mobility in their top lip, helping them to sort through thorny twigs for leaves without getting hurt!

They have a strangely shaped pupil! If you look closely, a goat’s pupil is rectangular unlike our circular ones! This is because goats need a fuller range of vision than we do, to keep them safe from predators in the wild. Goats can see 320 to 340 degrees in their periphery. Although this keeps them safe from things that may surround them, they can’t actually look up or down without moving their heads!

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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