Learning about farm life in the UK
In partnership with healthcare provider Bevan Healthcare and thanks to funding from ethical interpretation and translation company Enable 2, our Farm Visit Coordinator for Lancashire & Yorkshire, Lee Holmes was able to organise a really valuable farm visit to Gazegill Organic Farm, Lancashire for 3 refugee families and their children. The visit is part of 10 planned trips that have been planned over recent months.
The families, from Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, had never visited the countryside, or set foot on a real working farm in this country before. The visit was intended to help them adjust to life in the UK and to familiarise them with different foods and food production.
The visit was based on one of our standard Country Trust farm visits and the families had the opportunity to see sheep, cows, goats and turkeys and learn how they are reared and cared for. They were shown a field of pumpkins (something which they had never seen before) and had a go at making delicious organic ice cream.
Lee said afterwards, “The visit was a great success, seeing the children’s faces light up as they toured the farm and saw different animals for the first time was just terrific. These families have endured great hardship in their own countries, so it was very rewarding to bring them somewhere where they felt safe and happy and could learn a little about the UK countryside”.