Whirlow Hall Farm Trust
Posted: 2nd February 2018

Whirlow Hall Farm Trust in Sheffield has been awarded £12,000 to support young people with learning and behavioural difficulties.

Over the next two years, this grant will help 50 young people aged 14-25, and support a further 20 secondary school students who are struggling to engage with their education.

Supporting children and adults with learning disabilities

There are well over 3000 children and adults are living with a learning disability in the Sheffield area. The charity’s ‘Whirlow LIFE’ programme helps young people with learning disabilities or other special needs fulfill their potential by offering an alternative approach to education and development; one that combines learning with outdoor, hands-on activities. Young people take part in farm-based education programmes; looking after the animals and helping work the land. This hands-on approach helps to develop confidence, friendship and life skills.

Supporting young people who are struggling at school

The Trust also works with secondary students who are struggling to engage with school.  Many have behavioural problems and find the classroom environment a difficult place to be; often this increases the risk of exclusion. But on the farm they channel their energy into hands-on tasks, learning in a different way how to solve problems and work with others.  With the support of the Trust, many re-engage in education and go on to sit their exams.

Yorkshire West Riding Freemason, Stuart Grantham visited Whirlow Hall Farm to see their work in action

Ben Davies, Chief Executive at Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, said:

“We’re grateful to Yorkshire West Riding Freemasons for this very generous grant, which will allow us to help young people face their challenges and develop vital life-skills.  It really will help them make the most of their potential.”

Stuart said:

“We’re very pleased to be able to support the Trust with their life-changing work with local young people.  Their programmes can transform the prospects of some of the most vulnerable members of our society.”