We want to turn one of our little used rooms into a “Calming Room”.
The majority of Co-Farmers are teenagers who are accessing the Wellies-On alternative provision alongside an academic setting. This is because they have a difficulty within a mainstream school. Specialist Schools and Behaviour Support settings regularly bring Co-Farmers to Wellies–On each week. The Co-Farmers have a wide range of needs including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Oppositional Defiance Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder.
Care Farming can support these teens by…
- Enhancing self esteem
- Improving self confidence
- Building emotional resilience
- Improving social skills
- Improving physical fitness
- Providing opportunities to work within and alongside a team
- Promoting independent working
- Encouraging problem solving
The wide variety of learning needs and mental health needs means our co-farmers often require a quiet space to relax and regroup. This enables them to go forward and re- engage with the opportunities available to them. Many of the Co-Farmers have expressed an interest in being able to access a calming space to help them to manage and moderate their behaviour choices and provide them with a safe space when they are experiencing sensory difficulties.
The Co-Farmers have been actively engaged in preparing the space for the calming room and are benefiting from being part of an enjoyable service improvement project. Creating their own space on the farm is both engaging and helps them to recognise the importance of working together and provides opportunities for them to view themselves as being a successful member of the community. If you read a previous blog you will have seen that Kathy made a model of the room so the co-farmers could begin planning how the room could be arranged.
We now have a “shopping list” of things we need to complete the project.
Can you help?
We would really appreciate donations of the following items;
- Mid green paint 2.5litres
- Light green paint 2.5litres
- Small decorating brushes
- Curtain pole with rings (to fit window 46 inches wide/ 117cm)
- Black out curtains in blue, green or black ( to fit window 46 inches wide/117cm x 46 inches/117cm height)
- 2 swivel office chairs in blue, green or black
- 2 large waterproof bean bags in blue or green
- Soft removable play matting
- Glow in the dark paint
- Glow in the dark stars (for ceiling and walls)
If you are able to help, please contact us. Or if you know someone who could, please share this with them.