Lee has a passion for tractors. He has had a very traumatic start to life and has developmental trauma, as well as attachment disorder. He is unable to engage in special school environment and has to be supported by two members of staff at all times. He receives his education off site with a bespoke learning curriculum. He enjoys spending lots of time outdoors and attends Forest School one morning a week.
It is felt he would greatly benefit from attending an access to work experience on a farm for one session a week.
The Starr Trust awarded Lee £1170 to cover the cost of the farm sessions.
Update September 2017
Lee has attended two Champions Chats - Team Work and Self Belief and has gained a place on the two year Agriculture course - Level 1 - one day a week. It seems to be going really well - Lee loves going on a Monday and gets the coach there and back on his own. He meets his T.A. there.
Lee has been attending Daylands Farm in Steyning on Fridays during term time for two years and does a variety of tasks depending on the time of year and the jobs they are doing. He helps with the cattle and sheep throughout the winter months when they are in the yards, strawing up and feeding. He has helped at lambing time, numbering lambs, assisting with tagging and bottle feeding. When the animals are out in the fields for the rest of the year Lee has helped with feeding, moving and counting them.
Lee helps out in the vegetable field, hauling barrows full of produce back into the yard, digging carrots, putting up bean sticks and picking fruit.
Lee helps when we are getting the wood in for their wood burning stove and enjoys operating the log splitter as well. He has used secateurs, loppers and saws when assisting with pruning trees, cutting back willows and clearing paths and gateways.
Update March 2017
Lee has been working with FarmBuddies who arrange social care farming programmes across the South East.
Lee is a pupil at the Cedar Centre in Brighton and his school has been very pleased with the results of his Friday trips to the farm. They told the publication Amaze; “Lee has improved his team work, time management, social skills and career focus, the plan now for 2017 is very encouraging.”
Read the full story published in Amaze below: