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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 four rabbits at the farm Milo, Hailie, Marshall and Alvin. Not only does each rabbit has a very distant personality, they all look very different too. Milo is Lionhead-crossed with a lop-eared rabbit, giving him a cool little mohawk in-between his ears. Hailie too is a Lionhead, but she has a full mane – just like the namesake King of the Jungle. Marshall is a lop-eared rabbit, who loves to nibble anything he can get his paws on and Alvin the Netherlands Dwarf is the smallest of our rabbits living on ‘Warrenation Street’ – a name aptly given by the young people of The Island Project: Farming and Education Centre. Life in the small animal room, or ‘Warrenation Street’ isn’t simple and straight forward as you may assume – these rabbits conjure soap-opera-worthy drama on a daily basis, particularly where the love-triangle that is Hailie, Marshall and Milo is concerned.

‘Happy rabbits practice a cute behaviour known as a “binky:” they jump up in the air and twist and spin around!’

Life on Warrenation Street

Milo is the eldest of our rabbits, born in 2010 from a large litter owned by a friend of the farm. He is a favourite amongst our staff and young people, because of his docile nature and willingness to scramble up to your neck for a warm and safe snuggle. Milo was one of the first rabbits bonded with the others back in 2015 and is always willing to make new fluffy friends. Despite his friendly nature, he is always willing to defend his honour as ‘top-rabbit’ and protect those he cares about. Unfortunately, this has often resulted in many a war wound, including an abnormally shaped nose. Milo’s best friend is Alvin, who is at least three times smaller than him. Alvin came to live at The Island in the February of 2018, aged around 1-years-old. He came from a family who unfortunately could no longer care for him. Alvin and Milo bonded together quickly, despite Milo’s size, literally dwarfing young Alvin. Alvin, despite his tiny stature is very feisty – he hates being picked up but loves cuddles… a dilemma he can’t seem to solve as in order to be cuddled, he first needs to be picked up!

The newest members of Warrenation Street are Hailie and Marshall, two rabbits who came with a sad story. In the countdown to Christmas 2018, there was a post on a Facebook selling site stating that two rabbits were available for re-homing. They were free to ANY home, and if they weren’t collected by the end of the day, they were to be thrown out onto the street to fend for themselves. Thankfully, a mutual friend of Zoey’s temporarily took in the rabbits after seeing the post but was unable to keep them as she had rabbits of her own. They were taken to the RSPCA in Derby where they were checked over by a vet. Both buns were housed at the RSPCA until they were ready for homing and just two sleeps before Christmas, they were collected by staff and brought to their forever home, here at The Island. Hailie and Marshall are both bursting with personality and are well loved amongst all who come here. They have bonded well with Milo and Alvin (Hailie has a soft spot for Milo which drives Marshall crazy, but the three of them can often be spotted cuddling up together, Hailie in the middle and Alvin watching on from a distance doing his best to keep out of the drama). Life could have been so different for Hailie and Marshall if it weren’t for compassionate, caring people out there willing to give an animal a second chance at life. We’re grateful that Hailie and Marshall came to live with us, along with Alvin and Milo, they provide young people with so much joy and happiness (although, it’s best not to wear nice clothes around Marshall as he is champion-clothe-chomper!).

We have four rabbits at the farm Milo, Hailie, Marshall and Alvin. Not only does each rabbit has a very distant personality, they all look very different too. Milo is Lionhead-crossed with a lop-eared rabbit, giving him a cool little mohawk in-between his ears. Hailie too is a Lionhead, but she has a full mane – just like the namesake King of the Jungle. Marshall is a lop-eared rabbit, who loves to nibble anything he can get his paws on and Alvin the Netherlands Dwarf is the smallest of our rabbits living on ‘Warrenation Street’ – a name aptly given by the young people of The Island Project: Farming and Education Centre. Life in the small animal room, or ‘Warrenation Street’ isn’t simple and straight forward as you may assume – these rabbits conjure soap-opera-worthy drama on a daily basis, particularly where the love-triangle that is Hailie, Marshall and Milo is concerned.

‘Happy rabbits practice a cute behaviour known as a “binky:” they jump up in the air and twist and spin around!’

Life on Warrenation Street

Milo is the eldest of our rabbits, born in 2010 from a large litter owned by a friend of the farm. He is a favourite amongst our staff and young people, because of his docile nature and willingness to scramble up to your neck for a warm and safe snuggle. Milo was one of the first rabbits bonded with the others back in 2015 and is always willing to make new fluffy friends. Despite his friendly nature, he is always willing to defend his honour as ‘top-rabbit’ and protect those he cares about. Unfortunately, this has often resulted in many a war wound, including an abnormally shaped nose. Milo’s best friend is Alvin, who is at least three times smaller than him. Alvin came to live at The Island in the February of 2018, aged around 1-years-old. He came from a family who unfortunately could no longer care for him. Alvin and Milo bonded together quickly, despite Milo’s size, literally dwarfing young Alvin. Alvin, despite his tiny stature is very feisty – he hates being picked up but loves cuddles… a dilemma he can’t seem to solve as in order to be cuddled, he first needs to be picked up!

The newest members of Warrenation Street are Hailie and Marshall, two rabbits who came with a sad story. In the countdown to Christmas 2018, there was a post on a Facebook selling site stating that two rabbits were available for re-homing. They were free to ANY home, and if they weren’t collected by the end of the day, they were to be thrown out onto the street to fend for themselves. Thankfully, a mutual friend of Zoey’s temporarily took in the rabbits after seeing the post but was unable to keep them as she had rabbits of her own. They were taken to the RSPCA in Derby where they were checked over by a vet. Both buns were housed at the RSPCA until they were ready for homing and just two sleeps before Christmas, they were collected by staff and brought to their forever home, here at The Island. Hailie and Marshall are both bursting with personality and are well loved amongst all who come here. They have bonded well with Milo and Alvin (Hailie has a soft spot for Milo which drives Marshall crazy, but the three of them can often be spotted cuddling up together, Hailie in the middle and Alvin watching on from a distance doing his best to keep out of the drama). Life could have been so different for Hailie and Marshall if it weren’t for compassionate, caring people out there willing to give an animal a second chance at life. We’re grateful that Hailie and Marshall came to live with us, along with Alvin and Milo, they provide young people with so much joy and happiness (although, it’s best not to wear nice clothes around Marshall as he is champion-clothe-chomper!).

The Rabbits 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.

Rabbit Welfare Considerations

Rabbits are prey animals; this means they can often feel unsafe around loud noises or in open areas. The best thing to do for a rabbit is to ensure that they have access to lots of ‘hidey-holes’ to make them feel safe. Rabbits also are not a fan of heights and have really quite complex needs – something to consider before owning your own pet rabbit. They have special dietary, habitat, and physical and mental health requirements that pet shops do not always make clear – be sure to do plenty of research on how to look after a rabbit properly to ensure a happy and healthy furry friend.

Rabbits have to be vaccinated from a number of diseases that are currently here in the UK. If you ever encounter a wild rabbit, be sure to keep it away from your pets as although they may look healthy, they may carry fatal diseases that can be easily spread to your own pets. The most common diseases in the UK are myxomatosis, a distressing disease that has killed more than 95% of Britain’s wild rabbits. It effects both the eyes and brain before becoming fatal. Veterinary practices also offer protection from RVHD and RVHD2, viruses too that are lethal to pet rabbits.

Unlike wild rabbits who live for only one to two years, pet rabbits can live for, on average, eight to twelve years if cared for properly. Although there is no specific research into which breeds of rabbits live longer, it is thought that like with dogs, smaller breeds of rabbit tend to live longer than their larger counterparts. As with all animals, proper care can sustain a long and healthy life – despite the belief that rabbits are low-maintenance pets, as discussed above, they actually have very in depth and complex needs.

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.

Alvin the dward Rabbit

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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