Jamie's Farm

In 2019, we awarded a grant of £50,000 towards the capital development of the charity’s new farm in Lewes.


Jamie’s Farm is committed to reengaging disadvantaged young people aged 11-16 with education. Its unique, preventative solution to empower young people to change course through a formula of farming, family and therapy – delivered via a five-day residential and rigorous follow-up programme – addresses the root causes of exclusion by equipping vulnerable children to thrive during their secondary school years. Working in partnership with schools and other educational organisations, the programme is designed to improve behaviour, boost engagement and improve well-being by building soft-skills such as self-esteem.


The charity had three rural farms in Bath, Hereford and Monmouth, as well as one city farm in London. The success of the existing farms led to the opening of a fourth farm in Lewes in East Sussex, which enabling it to extend its reach to the south coast, Kent and South London. The capital project was to refurbish the fourth farm's building allowing them to increase their support to over 1,800 children per year. At the time of application £325,000 had been raised towards the £895,716 project. A grant of £75,000 was awarded, completing the project.

“One student arrived and had experienced a lot of negativity from school staff due to his behaviour and attitude. At the farm, he was incredible; he listened politely, he worked so hard, he showed a caring side, he was funny, he showed resilience and interest in others. One of the more important things he did was show his weaknesses and reflected so well about how he could change to become a better person. Wow ... I just didn’t think we would have this much success from this trip.”

Lead Teacher, Harlington Upper School