Farm Manager and joint owner of Downham Cottage Care Farm, Debbie Rawlinson previously worked in an educational setting with a wide range of challenging young people and adults. Fellow owner and Director of Training & Development, Jane Hegarty worked in Health and Social Care with people with learning difficulties and the elderly.
Our combined passion for running the farm and working with vulnerable young people and adults led us to opening the farm. Witnessing first hand the positive benefits keeps us striving to improve the farm, the activities and facilities we can offer our farm helpers.
Downham Farm offers people the opportunity to work on a traditional smallholding. The farm offers a wide range of activities to a variety of people. Activities include small and farm animal care, horticulture, basic woodworking, estate maintenance, arts and crafts.
We aim to engage, encourage and enthuse all who attend and constantly strive to enable each individual to realise their potential. The farm offers a real working environment where people can learn new skills, improve their confidence and self esteem and become a valued member of the farm team. Whatever, a persons ability they will find their place here and contribute to a valued enterprise.
Over the last few years the farm has grown significantly but still retains it’s small intimate feel. In 2011 the care farm was based on a one acre smallholding and a rented four acre field. Now the farm has over 15 acres of grazing land and a traditional farm yard, with a range of buildings.
The number and variety of animals has also grown and the farm now has an ever growing goat herd, sheep, chickens, rare breed pigs and cattle. For those less keen on the farm animals we also have horses, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, cats and of course the dogs.