Meet Neno the Llama

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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.

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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

Neno is the only llama at the farm, he is extremely intelligent and loves his sheep companions. In the morning, you can often spot him patrolling the fence line as he’s up, ready and waiting for his breakfast. Neno has a condition called Megaoesophagus, which means the oesophagus becomes abnormally enlarged and he can have issues when eating food. This condition is fairly common in camelids and luckily, we are able to manage his condition by handfeeding him. Despite, issues with eating, Neno loves his food and will often try and steal the food of other animals during feeding time. Neno has a strict ‘NO TOUCHING!’ policy but has built up trust with the staff and young people at The Island and will allow for the occasional head scratch.

Llamas make excellent guards for herds of small animals. They are very social and will ‘adopt’ a group of sheep or goats as their own herd. Then they will protect the herd by chasing off foxes and other predators.

Neno’s Story

Neno once lived in Cornwall with his brothers Harry and Eric. In 2009, when Harry and Neno were around 4 years old, their owner sadly passed away and his daughter was unable to look after them. The llamas were left to their own devices in a large field and were becoming feral. The owner’s daughter found out about The Island Project: Farming and Education Centre online and offered us Harry and Neno. Eric had found a family to live with. The Island paid for the transportation of the boys from Cornwall and they settled in well at the farm. Harry had a congenital abnormality, which meant that his right ankle was twisted outwards – even in the later stages of Harry’s life this did not affect his mobility, often witnessed by all when chasing Neno across the field in order to assert his dominance. Unfortunately, in 2019, Harry unexpectedly passed away overnight, after otherwise seeming well the day before. Harry and Neno had a happy year together at The Island, until they were reunited with Eric as the previous rehoming arrangement had fallen through. The llamas lived together for a while but would often fight whilst trying to establish a pecking order, as with all camelids. These fights would only occur occasionally and were quickly resolved as the boys had a large space in which to live. The llamas had four happy years together before Eric was accidentally injured as a result of a show of dominance. Eric retained an injury to his neck, and the team at both the farm and at Scarsdale Veterinary practice worked tirelessly to rehabilitate him. Despite all of the hard work and effort Eric passed away in the summer of 2014.

Neno has since resided with our sheep Nora, Derek and Ruby with whom he loves very much. Neno will often protect the sheep from any other animal that he perceives as a threat to his herd – whether it’s Roderick darting up and down the field, enjoying his run or Fog the dog visiting with Alison – Neno will always stand in front of the sheep and sound his alarm call, warning everyone to keep clear of him and his friends. This favour was repaid by the sheep when Neno was having a Megaoesophagus flare up, the sheep lined up to ensure that Neno was safe from any threats in his time of need, only letting certain staff and young people in to help assist Neno. In the summer months, the large field pen is shared with the donkeys too, and Neno can often be found licking the ears of his donkey friends. Although it is not recommended that camelids and equines live together, Neno and Charlie and Blue have a very unique relationship, often sharing food and shelter. Neno isn’t fond of fuss from humans but he is very inquisitive and knows his name. He feels safe here and loves to be around our staff and young people, just at a social distance!

Neno the Llama eating grass

Neno is the only llama at the farm, he is extremely intelligent and loves his sheep companions. In the morning, you can often spot him patrolling the fence line as he’s up, ready and waiting for his breakfast. Neno has a condition called Megaoesophagus, which means the oesophagus becomes abnormally enlarged and he can have issues when eating food. This condition is fairly common in camelids and luckily, we are able to manage his condition by handfeeding him. Despite, issues with eating, Neno loves his food and will often try and steal the food of other animals during feeding time. Neno has a strict ‘NO TOUCHING!’ policy but has built up trust with the staff and young people at The Island and will allow for the occasional head scratch.

Llamas make excellent guards for herds of small animals. They are very social and will ‘adopt’ a group of sheep or goats as their own herd. Then they will protect the herd by chasing off foxes and other predators.

Neno the farm Llama

Neno’s Story

Neno once lived in Cornwall with his brothers Harry and Eric. In 2009, when Harry and Neno were around 4 years old, their owner sadly passed away and his daughter was unable to look after them. The llamas were left to their own devices in a large field and were becoming feral. The owner’s daughter found out about The Island Project: Farming and Education Centre online and offered us Harry and Neno. Eric had found a family to live with. The Island paid for the transportation of the boys from Cornwall and they settled in well at the farm. Harry had a congenital abnormality, which meant that his right ankle was twisted outwards – even in the later stages of Harry’s life this did not affect his mobility, often witnessed by all when chasing Neno across the field in order to assert his dominance. Unfortunately, in 2019, Harry unexpectedly passed away overnight, after otherwise seeming well the day before. Harry and Neno had a happy year together at The Island, until they were reunited with Eric as the previous rehoming arrangement had fallen through. The llamas lived together for a while but would often fight whilst trying to establish a pecking order, as with all camelids. These fights would only occur occasionally and were quickly resolved as the boys had a large space in which to live. The llamas had four happy years together before Eric was accidentally injured as a result of a show of dominance. Eric retained an injury to his neck, and the team at both the farm and at Scarsdale Veterinary practice worked tirelessly to rehabilitate him. Despite all of the hard work and effort Eric passed away in the summer of 2014.

Neno has since resided with our sheep Nora, Derek and Ruby with whom he loves very much. Neno will often protect the sheep from any other animal that he perceives as a threat to his herd – whether it’s Roderick darting up and down the field, enjoying his run or Fog the dog visiting with Alison – Neno will always stand in front of the sheep and sound his alarm call, warning everyone to keep clear of him and his friends. This favour was repaid by the sheep when Neno was having a Megaoesophagus flare up, the sheep lined up to ensure that Neno was safe from any threats in his time of need, only letting certain staff and young people in to help assist Neno. In the summer months, the large field pen is shared with the donkeys too, and Neno can often be found licking the ears of his donkey friends. Although it is not recommended that camelids and equines live together, Neno and Charlie and Blue have a very unique relationship, often sharing food and shelter. Neno isn’t fond of fuss from humans but he is very inquisitive and knows his name. He feels safe here and loves to be around our staff and young people, just at a social distance!

Neno 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.

Llama Welfare Considerations

Although llamas are an excellent fox deterrent, they are in fact prey animals! This means that fear motivates them to escape adverse situations from any perceived danger. Training can reduce fear and also improve the camelid’s tolerance of novel situations. Training should be undertaken gradually, using short sessions to reinforce positive and comfortable behaviours. They often respond better to calm and gentle encouragement using both visual and audio cues rather than physical contact.

Llamas are highly social and hierarchical animals that seek comfort in herd situations. They

must have companionship, either in the same paddock or within sight in an adjacent paddock. Although Harry and Neno could not live together, they were often found touching noses over the fence!

Megaesophagus is a serious disorder that is common amongst camelids, and it can be quite scary! During a flare up, Neno will exhibit signs of choking and regurgitation. He will experience difficulty swallowing with nasal discharge, and a continued cough. A flare up can last for a day or two, whereby Neno is under constant supervision by the Animal Welfare team. During a flare up, Neno has to be isolated from the sheep and have his throat and neck massaged continually in order to help any food pass. He is often provided with warm fluids to help loosen up the muscles in his neck. However, we can be met with great difficulty as often he does not want to take anything down through fear of choking. It is with great patience and persistence that can help us achieve a good outcome. We aim to prevent flare ups daily by feeding Neno by hand, limiting his mouthfuls, and bringing him up to the courtyard area so that he can eat alone. Every flare up is scary, and can be life threatening and that is why we aim for prevention and not cure to keep our boy happy and healthy.

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.

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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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