— KentishTownCityFarm (@KTCityFarm) 26 August 2017
At the end of summer, the horses leave us to go on their annual holiday to a nearby farm in Barnet.
After working hard all year, giving rides to thousands of children in Pony Club, Pony Rides and Therapeutic Riding, they get to run around in big green fields and rest & relax. Having a break gives them the opportunity to unwind and come back to work refreshed and re-energised. It looks like they’re having a great time already!
Murphy, Champion and Jester will return in October, when they are reshod, groomed and settle back into regular farm life, before restarting their busy riding schedule in the autumn. We’ll keep you posted about their return and when riding resumes.
Happy holiday boys!
See you in October!
KTCF Staff and volunteers have recently won several awards for their contribution to the farm and the local community.
Staff member Diane Probets received the Jack Petchey Foundation Outstanding Leader Award in January 2017 for her work on the farm’s Riding Therapy programme.
KTCF riding teacher, Diane, was nominated by the Marylebone Bridge School for her work which enables riding for autistic children. The award gives schools and youth organisations an opportunity to honour the dedication and commitment of staff and volunteers who go ‘the extra mile’ to support young people. We are delighted that Diane’s exceptional work over many years has been recognised.
Diane is supported in the riding therapy programme by the dedicated volunteer work of Claire Probets Evans.
Diane’s win follows closely on the heels of award wins by three farm volunteers who were honoured at the Camden Volunteer Centre’s Annual Awards in November 2016.
Rachel Schwartz received well-deserved recognition as Exceptional Volunteer of 2016 for her enormous contribution as Farm Trustee Chair and Acting Director (2015 – 2016).
Melanie Chamberlain and Thomas Brennan also received Volunteer Awards for their amazing & wide-ranging contributions to the farm community and work with the animals.
Camden Volunteer Centre Award Winners
We’re really proud of you and thank all of our volunteers who give us so much time, skills and energy throughout the year.
Kentish Town City Farm is now a London Living Wage employer!
As of January 16th, we have become a fully accredited London Living Wage employer. We are only the 2nd City Farm in London to gain this accreditation, and one of a select group of small charities.
Farm Director Gus Alston said “We feel that we have a moral obligation to pay our staff a decent wage, and the London Living Wage accreditation shows that we are committed to paying a wage that is agreed as adequate for people to live on in London. We are very proud to have gained this accreditation, and proud to be leading the way alongside other aspirational small charities, to ensure that all of our staff get a fair deal.”