WE'VE WON £43,000 OF FUNDING IN ITV’s ‘PEOPLE’S PROJECTS’ TV LOTTERY
Magdalen Farm is delighted to have the support of the public vote and be announced as a winner in the 2017 People's Projects. Our project is to help provide badly needed family breaks for children with Autism.
We were one of five groups competing in ITV’s West Country East region for up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding.
Do you know of a family with an autistic child? If you do, you will know how exhausting it can be and how hard it is for them to have a ‘normal’ family life. The way their child reacts to the rest of the world makes it so hard to do things that we all take for granted - like just going shopping or out for a meal. Through no fault of their own, they often find themselves stressed and socially isolated.
With the help of the public and their votes, we’ll now be able to offer respite holidays for families to spend time together in peaceful surroundings, supported by Magdalen’s qualified staff. We hope to use the funds to make a real difference for at least 50 South West families with autistic children.
Commenting on Magdalen Farm’s inclusion in the competition, Rebecca King, Care Farming Manager said “We’ve created special breaks for families to relax and enjoy the company of other families who understand the challenges that are faced by having an autistic child. Living with a family member with autism can be extremely isolating - so a respite break can be such a lifeline for a family, where they can relax without fear of the prejudice that they so often receive. That’s why it was so important that the public got behind us and voted for Magdalen Farm.”
Magdalen Farm is set in beautiful countryside on the Dorset/Devon/Somerset borders – it’s a calming, serene environment, with meadows and woodland. We have our own goats, horse, pigs and chickens and grow our own organic vegetables.
Together, the families will help with animal feeding, harvesting vegetables and egg collecting. They can try bread-making, build a den, go river dipping, cook homemade pizzas in an outside oven, opting in or out as they wish and revelling in all the physical space and freedom. Their children will learn social skills and make new and lasting friendships.
Living with a family member with autism can be extremely isolating. Parents get to chat and bond with others who understand their concerns, frustrations and breakthroughs. Best of all, they will have great fun together as a family.
To find out more about our breaks for families with an autistic child, please see our events page http://magdalenfarm.org.uk/events/Back
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