Therapeutic programmes for young people with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties or poor mental health.
Future Roots has achieved significant success engaging some of Dorset’s most complex children and young people. Using farm animals as co-therapists, the programme supplements existing mental health services by offering support outside of clinical environments. The use of animals can achieve outcomes addressing anger, attachment, bereavement, empathy, self efficacy and coping ability.
We place particular emphasis on the concept of ‘resilience’, or the ability to respond creatively to setbacks and challenges.
We have delivered the programme in partnership with a number of mainstream schools, special schools and learning centres. Positive in-school outcomes have been reported for motivation, communication, behaviour and attendance. Reports can be provided weekly and will be accompanied by a validated outcomes tool.
Courses are delivered at Rylands Farm, near Sherborne.
Future Roots is currently funding an external evaluation of this service by the Psychology Research Group of Bournemouth University.
All of our activities are designed for their therapeutic value, and are delivered one-to-one or in very small groups. They include the following:
- Food preparation
Our day starts at 9.30am with activities running until 12.30 when we have lunch together. Activities continue from 1.30pm until 3.00pm (or 2.30pm if students are required to return to school).
- The cost per hour is £25 per person and sessions can be from two-hours to a full day. In most cases we would expect students to initially attend for a shorter session, before progressing to a longer session or to our vocational training courses.
- Payment is required in advance before the end of the previous term. All sessions are chargeable unless 28 days notice of absence has been given in advance.
- Outdoor clothing and footwear should be worn.