Our ‘Young Farmers’ youth clubs offer an excellent opportunity for children aged 11-13 to explore in an interactive hands-on way animal care, food growing, environmental conservation, healthy cooking and rural crafts.
Sessions are child-led, creating a space for young people to develop their problem solving skills, social development and communication skills. Children are encouraged to immerse themselves in outdoor experiences: in growing their own food and learning to cook with it, learning bushcraft and survival skills, understanding how to care for Farm animals and protecting the local environment and wildlife.
Young Farmers are encouraged to share their ideas, listen to others and respond to problems in a collaborative and imaginative way.
Children’s newly acquired skills and knowledge are rewarded with AQA Unit Award certificates which they can take to schools and colleges to demonstrate their achievements. We understand the value of long term connections at Surrey Docks Farm, as such once Young Farmers reach 14 they are offered the chance of joining our Greenagers project until they turn 18, they can then become a Livestock or Garden Volunteers.
Members of Young Farmers are encouraged to apply for ‘Young Leader’ positions at the Farm once a year. Young Leaders sit on the Farm’s Youth Committee and help inform the future of the services young people receive at the Farm.
“I like how we get to do fun things like go on trips, care for the animals, make fires, go to the foreshore and do cooking. We get to do mucking out too which is important for animals. I like how we get to contribute to things like the annual fairs!”
“They people at the Club are kind and helpful, also if I get stuck they encourage me to start again and not to get scared around the animals”
“I love all the people and how I can help in the activities/challenges around the animals”
“The thing I most like about the Farm Club is that normal wonderful people from the public are allowed to have an opportunity to be in a farm not like the others and help the plants and animals and be proud to be part of it”
“I like how we all try our best at the Club and that we work hard. We also work as a team and help each other out”
“There are many opportunities to gain awards to help you in college/university”
“We get choices to decide what we do. I like the kindness and understanding”
“I like the people in the Club because we all work well as a team”
Keep up to date with our Young Farmers Club by following our dedicated page on Twitter @SDFyouthclubs
The Farm wants to ensure all young people have the opportunity to become active members of society, improve their lives, prepare for their futures and fulfil their potential.
Young Farmers is free and we experience unprecedented demand for these spaces. In order to positively impact those that would most benefit from our Clubs we only accept 11-13 year olds who satisfy two or more of the criteria listed below:
- live in SE16
- from a low income family (in receipt of pupil premium)
- identifies as a young carer – looks after a relative with a disability or health condition
- is from an asylum seeker or refugee family
- Black, Asian or minority ethnic group
- has a mild physical or learning disability
- has Special Educational Needs
- is under the care of CAMHS, mental health or GP services for anxiety, depression or associated issues
Applications for Young Farmers are closed owing to extraordinary demand and limited capacity. We will update this page about future programmes and opportunities as they arise.
You might be interested in our Farm Club sessions that run throughout the School Holidays and are available to book per day. Full details available here.
Thanks to British Land, owners of Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, for their continued financial support over the past nine years funding our Young Farmers Club.
Thanks to the National Lottery for providing core funding for our full time Youth Manager, for five years starting from October 2019.