Meet Ruby, Nora & Derek the Haven farm Sheep

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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

Here at the farm, we have three sheep – Derek, Nora and Ruby! They’re not your usual sheep, they love affection, ear scratched, know their names and have a llama for a bestie… they are very docile and young people regularly head down the field to hang out with sheep as they seem to have a calming presence! They’re chubby little clouds of fluff and have been on a diet for the last couple of years, as the sheep shearer struggles to flip them, but each summer that he comes, they get lighter and lighter. And to be fair to them, they are all quite large in size compared to the sheep that you see in local fields – perhaps they’re just big-boned?! We love our sheep very much, and each of them is distinctly different in both looks and personality – Derek for instance, lived in a farmer’s back yard and therefore is very accustomed to human companions, but we will tell you more about that later…

Sheep have nearly 360-degree vision, so they can literally see you from all angles! Their eyes are great assets when you’re a prey animal. It’s like surround sound for the eyes.

Baa baa black sheep have you any wool? Yes, sir! Yes, sir! Three bags full!

Nora is the oldest of our sheep, and we estimate that she was born in around 2009 – making her a very old lady indeed! Nora came to live with us in the summer of 2014 and was donated to us (along with her husband Norris), by a local farmer. Norris was a very sickly sheep and only stayed with us for a short time until he passed. Nora wasn’t overly upset by his death and could be found jumping happily around the field… she quickly made close friends with our llamas and with our staff and young people and the rest is history! She’s a very bossy sheep, and a very strong and independently woman, keeping everyone in check (especially during mealtimes). Nora is very laidback and enjoys a good fuss and scratch behind her ears. She’s very inquisitive, approaching whoever enters into her pen. She’s probably so chilled out because we used to trim her fleece with hand shears – so she is used to being pampered and cared for by all of us two-legs. Her relaxed lifestyle lasted for a couple of years before her world was turned upside-down with the arrival of Ruby and Derek.

On the 16th September 2016, two young sheep arrived at the Island as they were due for slaughter. Thankfully, a local farmer intervened and housed Derek (aged 3) and Ruby (aged 4) in his back garden temporarily until he could find them a forever home. Elliott the farmer, got in contact with the Island and asked if we could take on two sheep – we had plenty of room and thought it may be nice for Nora to have some company – these two over the years, have in fact kept Nora young; we think that she believes she is the same age as they are, allowing her to live longer than your average sheep (just don’t tell her our theory, we’d hate for her to realise exactly how old she is! The phrase mutton-dressed-as-lamb springs to mind… Sssshhh!). So, over came Derek and Ruby – they both had reproductive issues and therefore were not profitable to any sheep farmer and that’s why they were in need of a new home! At first, they did give Nora a run for her money, Derek especially banged heads with Nora (literally), in an attempt to assert his dominance but this was quickly resolved with Nora coming out on top and Ruby observing from a distance. The three of them can often be caught playfighting just like the young lambs that they are(n’t). Neno the llama also took Derek and Ruby in with warm hooves and the four of them live together peacefully in their own little herd. They have a very strong bond, and the three sheep cannot stand being apart from one another, even though they make coming up to the courtyard for a health check extremely difficult – insisting that they go one-by-one, with Ruby making a run for it, and then becoming stressed when she’s the last one left on the field! Even for those few minutes apart, they call longingly for one another and when Ruby finally makes her way up to the stable, they greet one another with so much love and affection – it truly warms your heart.

Meet our sheep Ruby, Nora and Derek

Here at the farm, we have three sheep – Derek, Nora and Ruby! They’re not your usual sheep, they love affection, ear scratched, know their names and have a llama for a bestie… they are very docile and young people regularly head down the field to hang out with sheep as they seem to have a calming presence! They’re chubby little clouds of fluff and have been on a diet for the last couple of years, as the sheep shearer struggles to flip them, but each summer that he comes, they get lighter and lighter. And to be fair to them, they are all quite large in size compared to the sheep that you see in local fields – perhaps they’re just big-boned?! We love our sheep very much, and each of them is distinctly different in both looks and personality – Derek for instance, lived in a farmer’s back yard and therefore is very accustomed to human companions, but we will tell you more about that later…

Sheep have nearly 360-degree vision, so they can literally see you from all angles! Their eyes are great assets when you’re a prey animal. It’s like surround sound for the eyes.

Baa baa black sheep have you any wool? Yes, sir! Yes, sir! Three bags full!

Nora is the oldest of our sheep, and we estimate that she was born in around 2009 – making her a very old lady indeed! Nora came to live with us in the summer of 2014 and was donated to us (along with her husband Norris), by a local farmer. Norris was a very sickly sheep and only stayed with us for a short time until he passed. Nora wasn’t overly upset by his death and could be found jumping happily around the field… she quickly made close friends with our llamas and with our staff and young people and the rest is history! She’s a very bossy sheep, and a very strong and independently woman, keeping everyone in check (especially during mealtimes). Nora is very laidback and enjoys a good fuss and scratch behind her ears. She’s very inquisitive, approaching whoever enters into her pen. She’s probably so chilled out because we used to trim her fleece with hand shears – so she is used to being pampered and cared for by all of us two-legs. Her relaxed lifestyle lasted for a couple of years before her world was turned upside-down with the arrival of Ruby and Derek.

On the 16th September 2016, two young sheep arrived at the Island as they were due for slaughter. Thankfully, a local farmer intervened and housed Derek (aged 3) and Ruby (aged 4) in his back garden temporarily until he could find them a forever home. Elliott the farmer, got in contact with the Island and asked if we could take on two sheep – we had plenty of room and thought it may be nice for Nora to have some company – these two over the years, have in fact kept Nora young; we think that she believes she is the same age as they are, allowing her to live longer than your average sheep (just don’t tell her our theory, we’d hate for her to realise exactly how old she is! The phrase mutton-dressed-as-lamb springs to mind… Sssshhh!). So, over came Derek and Ruby – they both had reproductive issues and therefore were not profitable to any sheep farmer and that’s why they were in need of a new home! At first, they did give Nora a run for her money, Derek especially banged heads with Nora (literally), in an attempt to assert his dominance but this was quickly resolved with Nora coming out on top and Ruby observing from a distance. The three of them can often be caught playfighting just like the young lambs that they are(n’t). Neno the llama also took Derek and Ruby in with warm hooves and the four of them live together peacefully in their own little herd. They have a very strong bond, and the three sheep cannot stand being apart from one another, even though they make coming up to the courtyard for a health check extremely difficult – insisting that they go one-by-one, with Ruby making a run for it, and then becoming stressed when she’s the last one left on the field! Even for those few minutes apart, they call longingly for one another and when Ruby finally makes her way up to the stable, they greet one another with so much love and affection – it truly warms your heart.

The Sheep 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.

Sheep Welfare Considerations

The main welfare issues affecting sheep are from mutilations, lameness, transport and illness caused by disease. The health problems of sheep are largely treatable or avoidable with good grazing. For example, Derek has hoof issues, whereby the nail grows away from the sole of his foot. This is a genetic mutilation that we manage by giving him plenty of hard standing, keep his hooves as dry as possible, and regularly trim and bathe the area to prevent any dirt or other nasties causing an infection. This prevents Derek’s condition from escalating into an issue known as scald or from him becoming lame.

Sheep are prey animals that can be easily frightened, stressed or injured by inappropriate handling. They should always be handled carefully and considerately and should not be unnecessarily isolated from other sheep for long periods. This is because sheep live in herds, which enables them to feel safe from predators – strength in numbers!

Adult sheep of breeds which have continuously growing wool (like ours) should be shorn at least once every year, to help reduce the risk of external parasites and keep the animals comfortable. Shearing has to be carried out carefully and sympathetically to avoid problems such as handling stress and injuries. It is also important that shorn sheep are managed correctly to protect them from weather conditions.

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

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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.

Ruby, Nora and Derek the Havens Sheep in the field

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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