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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

We have two piggie-winkles at the farm, and both are very fond of affection, attention and grub! Roderick, our KuneKune pig has a particular taste for strawberries and clover and will oink and oink at you, until he gets a result. He’s always up and ready to greet his human companions when they arrive first thing in the morning, chatting away affectionately! Roderick loves rolling around in new straw when his bed is replenished and is partial to a belly rub! Mr. Pig is a cheeky little pig who knows what he wants, bursting with personality, you will often find him digging for gold in his bark and mud patches – we think he’s almost found China! He’s a huge fan of his stimulation ball which is filled with yummy treats and healthy snacks. Both boys live in their own pen but really enjoy running up and down the field, or around the courtyard! They’re super intelligent and Mr. Pig certainly has a mischievous streak – stealing the scarves of humans in the winter months or nibbling on an unattended hose nozzle or wellington boot…

The notion that pigs are dirty is a popular misconception. Pigs are actually very clean animals. If they are given sufficient space, they are very careful not to soil the areas where they sleep or eat. Although they can often be found bathing in mud, it’s not because they love to be dirty, but because it’s actually very good for their skin – protecting them from the sun, repelling parasites and it keeps them cool too.

Two not-so-little Pigs

Roderick was born in 2011 and was donated to us by a local farmer who was no longer able to care for him. He was intended to be a family pig, living with and being cared for by the farmer’s children. However, the children were unable to properly care for his needs – also, KuneKune pigs get very big, very quickly! When Roderick was around two years old, the farmer asked if we could take him in and that he would help to create an area for Roderick to live. Since coming to live at The Island, Roderick has lived in his same area and enjoys having a run around on the field – he’s quicker than he looks! As pigs are not solitary animals, he enjoys the company of many humans and animals – he once had a chicken best friend named Dora, who sadly he has outlived. More often than not, when it was time to put the chickens away, you would find Dora apart from the others, and literally in the arms of her piggy best friend. The two of them would snooze together in the straw with Dora cuddled up to Roderick in between his two front legs. Roderick has still maintained his friendship with many chickens like Dora, who he shares both his breakfast and his bed with!

Mr. Pig was born on 18th August 2016 and came to live at The Island in February 2017 after living with a loving family in Derbyshire. Mr. Pig was a house pig, who was toilet trained and could give you his paw. He was close friends with the family’s small dog but wasn’t so keen on their larger pooch – which led the family to sadly seek a new home for Piggie. Mr. Pig was sold to the family as a micro-pig, but as it turns out, he is a pot-belled pig, a breed that are renowned for their slow growth and huge bellies. Mr. Pig has lived in his own space at the farm for a number of years now, however, can still be seen wagging his tail when he is excited or happy – a trait he picked up from his canine buddies! Initially we had hoped that Mr. Pig would make a fantastic companion for Roderick, who had not long lost his best friend Dora the chicken. However, Mr. Pig had other ideas and despite being at least 8 times smaller than Roderick, tried to assert his dominance over our fully grown KuneKune pig. Mr. Pig spent some time living with our female goats Betty and Skip, who loved him very much. However, he was starting to finally get much bigger, so we converted a part of our sensory garden for his forever home, with Roderick as his neighbour from a safe distance. Mr. Pig and Layla the dog were very close friends throughout Mr. Pig’s youth, as they were roughly the same size! But, before long, Mr. Pig grew much larger (and much fatter) than Layla – they can still be seen interacting with one another under supervision, but of course, safety is paramount as Mr. Pig now has four tusks protruding from his jaw. He is a kind pig, and is very friendly, but at times, he can have a little temper, particularly when we tell him he cannot munch on the plants in the remainder of the sensory garden. He is full of love and joy but very mardy at times, squeaking so loudly over the most trivial of things (like when his dinner is a couple of minutes late, or when you don’t give him a fuss for the correct amount of time…). We’re glad to have both of our boys at the farm and they are an absolute favourite amongst our young people – whether the young people seek affection, or witness a spot of mischief, it’s smiles all ‘round!

We have two piggie-winkles at the farm, and both are very fond of affection, attention and grub! Roderick, our KuneKune pig has a particular taste for strawberries and clover and will oink and oink at you, until he gets a result. He’s always up and ready to greet his human companions when they arrive first thing in the morning, chatting away affectionately! Roderick loves rolling around in new straw when his bed is replenished and is partial to a belly rub! Mr. Pig is a cheeky little pig who knows what he wants, bursting with personality, you will often find him digging for gold in his bark and mud patches – we think he’s almost found China! He’s a huge fan of his stimulation ball which is filled with yummy treats and healthy snacks. Both boys live in their own pen but really enjoy running up and down the field, or around the courtyard! They’re super intelligent and Mr. Pig certainly has a mischievous streak – stealing the scarves of humans in the winter months or nibbling on an unattended hose nozzle or wellington boot…

The notion that pigs are dirty is a popular misconception. Pigs are actually very clean animals. If they are given sufficient space, they are very careful not to soil the areas where they sleep or eat. Although they can often be found bathing in mud, it’s not because they love to be dirty, but because it’s actually very good for their skin – protecting them from the sun, repelling parasites and it keeps them cool too.

Two not-so-little Pigs

Roderick was born in 2011 and was donated to us by a local farmer who was no longer able to care for him. He was intended to be a family pig, living with and being cared for by the farmer’s children. However, the children were unable to properly care for his needs – also, KuneKune pigs get very big, very quickly! When Roderick was around two years old, the farmer asked if we could take him in and that he would help to create an area for Roderick to live. Since coming to live at The Island, Roderick has lived in his same area and enjoys having a run around on the field – he’s quicker than he looks! As pigs are not solitary animals, he enjoys the company of many humans and animals – he once had a chicken best friend named Dora, who sadly he has outlived. More often than not, when it was time to put the chickens away, you would find Dora apart from the others, and literally in the arms of her piggy best friend. The two of them would snooze together in the straw with Dora cuddled up to Roderick in between his two front legs. Roderick has still maintained his friendship with many chickens like Dora, who he shares both his breakfast and his bed with!

Mr. Pig was born on 18th August 2016 and came to live at The Island in February 2017 after living with a loving family in Derbyshire. Mr. Pig was a house pig, who was toilet trained and could give you his paw. He was close friends with the family’s small dog but wasn’t so keen on their larger pooch – which led the family to sadly seek a new home for Piggie. Mr. Pig was sold to the family as a micro-pig, but as it turns out, he is a pot-belled pig, a breed that are renowned for their slow growth and huge bellies. Mr. Pig has lived in his own space at the farm for a number of years now, however, can still be seen wagging his tail when he is excited or happy – a trait he picked up from his canine buddies! Initially we had hoped that Mr. Pig would make a fantastic companion for Roderick, who had not long lost his best friend Dora the chicken. However, Mr. Pig had other ideas and despite being at least 8 times smaller than Roderick, tried to assert his dominance over our fully grown KuneKune pig. Mr. Pig spent some time living with our female goats Betty and Skip, who loved him very much. However, he was starting to finally get much bigger, so we converted a part of our sensory garden for his forever home, with Roderick as his neighbour from a safe distance. Mr. Pig and Layla the dog were very close friends throughout Mr. Pig’s youth, as they were roughly the same size! But, before long, Mr. Pig grew much larger (and much fatter) than Layla – they can still be seen interacting with one another under supervision, but of course, safety is paramount as Mr. Pig now has four tusks protruding from his jaw. He is a kind pig, and is very friendly, but at times, he can have a little temper, particularly when we tell him he cannot munch on the plants in the remainder of the sensory garden. He is full of love and joy but very mardy at times, squeaking so loudly over the most trivial of things (like when his dinner is a couple of minutes late, or when you don’t give him a fuss for the correct amount of time…). We’re glad to have both of our boys at the farm and they are an absolute favourite amongst our young people – whether the young people seek affection, or witness a spot of mischief, it’s smiles all ‘round!

The Pigs 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.

Pig Welfare Considerations

All pigs have very specific needs and there are very strict laws in the UK concerning their diet, identification and movement. It can be very challenging to look after them properly, particularly if you are outside of a farm environment. Like with any other pet, it is crucial that you do your research before caring for a pig.

The RSPCA suggests that pigs should not be kept within a home. Pigs enjoy exploring their environment, rooting and foraging the earth an require lots of stimulation and activities to keep their intelligent minds busy.

Pigs should have access to warm, dry, draught-fee, straw-bedded accommodation, as they get easily cold. It should be well ventilated and cleaned frequently. Pigs must be provided with a wallow and have shelter from the sun as they can be easily burnt and are prone to sun stroke.

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.

Pig Lovers

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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