Clubs for Young People
The Farm’s Youth Coordinator delivers informal outdoor learning programmes for children aged 2 – 13 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 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 are for children aged 8-13 to enjoy informal, outdoor learning in a Farm setting. Young people share their ideas and make decisions about the care of Farm animals, growing their own food, healthy meals to make, craft or construction projects and organizing environmental projects. Children have the opportunity to go on trips throughout the year and to demonstrate their achievements through AQA awards. Onsite delivery is all on hold in light of Covid-19, instead we are connecting remotely via weekly newsletters and quizzes, plus offer free veg boxes for the families.
The Youth Committee is a group of under 25s who meet regularly to inform the youth programmes at Surrey Docks Farm. ‘Young Leaders’ are elected from the Youth Clubs and Youth Volunteer team to sit on the committee for one year during which they receive training, awards and experience in leadership. The Youth Committee will continue to meet and shape decisions via online video calls.
Let’s Get Pollinating!
Nine Young Farmers are taking part in the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Keeping it Wild campaign. They have designed a campaign, Let’s Get Pollinating, to promote the understanding and protection of all kinds of different pollinating insects with local and wider communities across London. Using skills they learned at a Headliners media training day and a conservation workshop at the London Wildlife Trust’s Woodberry Wetlands they will carry out their project online in Summer 2020. Follow their campaign on social media by searching for the #LetsGetPollinating tag or by reading their posts on the John Muir website here.
Thanks to the National Lottery for providing core funding for our full time Youth Manager, for five years starting from October 2019. This has given us the security to focus fundraising efforts to develop provision for Early Years and those aged 14-25 to try and meet the demand.
Surrey Docks Farm believes 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.
Please click on the Safeguarding button to read our policy.
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.