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Kentish Town City Farm

Kentish Town City Farm is a community charity that helps people connect with animals, nature and the environment. The farm is situated on a four-acre site, alongside railway lines and has over 50 animals with pasture areas, a riding arena, a wildlife pond and community gardens. We offer an extensive educational programme to schools, therapeutic riding to people with special needs and farm related activities to local children. This work is supported by the London Borough of Camden and the City of London Corporation’s charity City Bridge Trust. We have a lively core of volunteers who support staff in the day-to-day running of the farm and organise seasonal fundraising events. The main farm building provides facilities for children’s weekly play groups, arts activities and visiting school classes. In the farm kitchen, children can learn to cook, using fresh ingredients from our gardens. We also provide amenities to visiting corporate teams and host evening events & children’s parties. The indoor and outdoor spaces of the farm are available for hire all year round.

Updated:
6 September 2017
Location:
London
Sectors:
Community organisations
Local Alliances:
Camden Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We aim to involve the widest possible cross-section of the community in enjoying and developing Kentish Town City Farm. We are therefore keen to involve older people, including people with dementia, and their carers, families and friends, whether as visitors or volunteers. To this end we are planning a number of projects, including inter-generational on-site and outreach initiatives; and we are reviewing signage and other aspects of our site and premises to ensure that they are user-friendly, which includes being dementia-friendly.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

The scale of implementation will inevitably be limited by the number of volunteers, staff and referrals available. Other than this, we foresee no significant barriers.

Member website

ktcityfarm.org.uk

2. Actions

  • Volunteers with Dementia

    Pilot the involvement of volunteers with early stage dementia by recruiting two people to work on the farm or with children who visit.

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Pottery Club

    Include people referred from Camden Memory Service in our pottery club; provide the pottery worker with dementia training; take pottery sessions to a local care home; and explore the possibility of providing pottery sessions exclusively for people with dementia.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Dementia Awareness Training

    Provide dementia awareness training for our staff and volunteers, including children and people with mental health conditions.

    Status:
    Planning