HOW Planning’s Day at the Children’s Adventure Farm
Several members of HOW enjoyed a day out of the office last week, volunteering at the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT) based at the beautiful Booth Bank Farm in Millington, Cheshire. CAFT is a registered charity which provides free holidays, respite care and activity days for a wide range of children, from those with complex and severe physical and learning disabilities, sensory impairments and terminal illnesses through to children who act as Carers for a family member, those dealing with bereavement and children who have been victims of abuse. The programmes give the children the opportunity to improve the quality of their lives, recognise their potential and achieve their goals.
We received a guided tour of the facilities, which include a multi-sensory suite, art room, sports hall, games room, music room, sensory garden and adventure playground. Specialist facilities and equipment ensure that all the children are able to fully engage and enjoy their experience at the farm.
We were introduced to the farm’s other residents - alpacas, dinky donkies, chickens and ducks!
With the CAFT team gearing up for their Magical Christmas Parties, which cater for over 500 children each year, we were put to work transforming the polytunnel into a reindeer house for the arrival of Rudolph and Blitzen, and sorting through all the Christmas decorations. We also helped with tidying up the sensory garden and fence painting.
The work undertaken by CAFT is truly inspirational and from meeting the staff at the farm, their enthusiasm is clear to see. The volunteer day was a really good team-building event and we all agreed it was great to do something so worthwhile.
Further information about the charity and what they do can be found on their website http://www.caft.co.uk/.