WHAT THE FARM IS DOING
As part of the UK’s efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19, the Farm is now closed to the public. Our staff and volunteer team have to prioritise the day to day care of the animals and gardens, their own and the community’s protection from Covid-19.
Staff are currently split into two teams. Team A is dedicated to looking after the animals onsite and Team B are working really hard from home, developing plans to:
1) ensure the long-term sustainability of the Farm
2) support our community members while confined to “staying indoors”,
Some of our plans are listed below. We welcome your ideas and suggestions for what else the Farm could do that would help us all in these difficult times.
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Kentish Town City Farm will:
A. Support vulnerable members of our community
- Keep in contact with all of our vulnerable service users. A weekly phone call from a friendly staff member to all of our registered adults with assisted needs, therapeutic riders, young farmers and older visitors to ensure they are safe and to organise any help should they need it. If you or anybody else you know needs help please call us on 0207 916 5421 or send an email.
- Complement services already established locally and ensure we don’t duplicate work so we can reach as many local residents as possible. Key staff members and trustees have signed up to online resource “Nextdoor” and to QCCA Covid 19 project to help deliver food parcels, collect medication, and walk the dog.
B. Take an innovative approach to implement ways that visitors and service users can still continue to benefit from farm life
- Provide daily live “Farmyard” feeds on Instagram.
- Signpost parents to good quality online creative & educational tools and resources.
C. Participate in a joint communications and fundraising campaign with City Farms and Community Gardens throughout London to ensure the sustainability of our movement
Our magical farm space is used by many to lessen isolation, and improve mental health and physical well being – aspects of life that local people will need more than ever when we are once again able to open our gates. We can only hope that this crisis will strengthen communities and lead to a greater appreciation of nature, animals and the great outdoors.
Our thanks to Camden Council, funders and third sector organisations for their ongoing support through these challenging times.
Our thoughts are with anyone who is, or whose loved ones are ill, or experiencing symptoms.
Please keep in touch – email, call or contact via social media
t: 0207 916 5421
Kentish Town City Farm