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The community charity, based in St Ann’s, has been a popular visitor centre for local families who have been enjoying seeing the animals and gardens for 40 years. The farm supports 120 people every week, many who have specific learning disabilities and mental health disabilities. However, earlier this year it was announced that around £30,000 would need to be raised to keep its doors open.
Now staff from Nottingham-based, not-for-profit, Robin Hood Energy Company, are heading to the farm to support them with some of the daily operations.
On the 17 and 18 April 2019, 10 members of staff will be supporting the charity by painting, weeding, gardening, watering, re-potting or planting and helping to look after the animals.
As well as a very popular visitor attraction, the farm supports over 130 volunteers on site each week, many of whom have a learning disability or mental health difficulty. The staff work alongside the volunteers, offering therapeutic activities, as well as training in Animal Care, Food & Hygiene, Cleaning and Maintenance, Customer Service. The farm also provided school visits to over 1000 children in 2018 and worked with several local colleges offering courses in Animal Care
A spokesperson at Robin Hood Energy said: “RHE is a Nottingham company and we will always encourage our staff to volunteer and support local causes and initiatives. I want to thank all our team members who have put themselves forward to support Stonebridge City Farm.
“The charity does some amazing work with people from across different communities and volunteering our time is just one of the ways we can support this inner-city initiative. I would encourage more people and other businesses to support Stonebridge City Farm, with either their time or financial donations.”
As well as offering their time, staff are also hoping to raise money for the centre.
Anyone wishing to support Stonebridge City Farm can do so here – https://www.justgiving.com/stonebridgecityfarm
Peter Armitage, Farm Manager, commented: “We are so pleased to welcome the teams from Robin Hood Energy on site. They have been amazing in helping in all areas of the farm and have arrived on incredibly busy days, during the school Easter holidays. They’ve been very happy working in and around all our visitors on a packed site, alongside staff and volunteers.
“We are very grateful for all their help and, for their future fundraising efforts on our behalf, as we feel that there is a ‘good fit’ with our charity and Robin Hood Energy, which is not-for-profit. Thank you so much to the teams here, and all staff at Robin Hood Energy, who have chosen to work with the farm as one of their charity partners.”