Surrey Docks Farm Youth Programme
The Farm’s Youth Team deliver informal outdoor learning programmes for children aged 2 – 18 throughout the year. We also offer activities during the school holidays for those aged 8-13 which can be booked online. We aim to deliver a Youth Programme that is open and accessible to all within our target groups. For more information on the clubs, timings and availability please click on the relevant links below.
Family Piglets is an opportunity for children aged 2- 5 (accompanied by an adult) to experience informal learning in the great outdoors. Activities involve caring for the animals, taking the pony on walks, nature trails, arts and crafts, fire making, food growing and cooking nutritious meals in the wildlife garden.
Project delivery is all on hold until the risks of Covid-19 are vastly reduced.
Our weekend Youth Clubs engage young people aged 11-13 to enjoy informal, outdoor learning at the Farm. Young people care for the animals, grow their own food, cook healthy meals and lead their own environmental and social action projects. Young people have the opportunity to go on trips and demonstrate their achievements through AQA awards.
During lockdown we’re connecting remotely via weekly online zoom sessions; plus offering 1:1 delivery on site for those most in need. We have also created a new YouTube channel where we’ll be sharing videos of the animals and activities to try at home.
During the school holidays we offer full day sessions for young people aged 8 – 13 to become a farmer for one or more days! Young people will learn how to care for our animals – from mucking out the sheep to taking a ferret for a walk – and take part in gardening, nature and craft activities.
We’re hoping to offer these sessions again from the Summer holidays in 2021 but there may be changes to our usual offer to ensure we’re Covid-secure.
Thanks to new funding from the Jack Petchey Foundation and British Land we’re delighted to announce we’ll be launching a new pilot youth project from April 2021. This will be a weekend club for young people aged 14-18 to engage in youth-led activities and social action projects here at the Farm.
We’ll share more information about how you can get involved once we’ve recruited a new youth worker to the team. Watch this space!
The Youth Committee is a group of under 25’s who meet regularly to inform the Youth Programme at Surrey Docks Farm. Committee members are elected from the Youth Clubs and Youth Volunteer team to serve for one year during which they receive training, awards and experience in leadership.
We are thrilled to support our young people to develop and deliver their own projects at the Farm. One of our past Youth Committee members successfully applied for a microgrant from London Youth and delivered gardening wellbeing sessions in Summer 2020.
We’re pleased to be able to recognise the contribution young people make to their peers and the Farm through the Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Award scheme. We collate nominations and award three young people a year. Past winners are presented with a certificate and their photos are displayed on a noticeboard at the Farm.
Nine Young Farmers took part in the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Keeping it Wild campaign. They designed a campaign, Let’s Get Pollinating, to promote the understanding and protection of pollinating insects with local and wider communities across London.
We believe that children and young people must be protected from harm at all times and that the welfare of the child is paramount. To ensure this we work to a detailed Safeguarding Policy and follow National and Local guidance.
Our Youth Committee have created an Equal Opportunities Statement that they have written together and review. Click on the link above to view this.
We regularly review our services to ensure we can be inclusive and offer a fully accessible service for all. Click on the button above to read our recent Accessibility Checklist for our youth programmes.
Our Youth Programme is largely free to attend and this enables us to engage those who would benefit most from our offer, huge thanks to our funders who make this all possible.
This year our funders include:
- The National Lottery who are providing core funding for our full time Youth Manager, for five years starting from October 2019
- British Land (owners of Surrey Quays Shopping Centre) who have supported our youth provision for over ten years with a focus on our Young Farmers Club
- The Jack Petchey Foundation who recently increased their support with match-funding to tide us through the pandemic and enable us to launch a new project.
- London Youth, a membership organisation that support us with training, advice and guidance as well as small grants for social action projects.
We are thrilled to have been awarded a Bronze Level London Youth Quality Mark, a quality assurance scheme accredited by City and Guilds. This award recognises the Farm’s focus on policies and procedures to ensure young people experience a safe and enjoyable environment here.