Home on the Range

08 June 2017

People from neighbourhoods in Spennymoor, County Durham are coming together at The Haven project to take part in a range of activities, learn new skills and make new friends.

The project, supported by Home on the Range and based at Misty Blue Farm, is designed to reduce social isolation and improve mental wellbeing.

Members can choose from activities including cookery, arts and crafts, creative writing, board games or even helping organise the annual Middlefest music festival, which takes place on the farm.

Opportunities to learn a range of new skills including horse care and riding, farm and building maintenance, horticulture and small animal care at the on-site kennel and cattery are also available.

Nikki Skinner, co-founder of Home on the Range, said: “Neighbourhoods aren’t as close as they used to be. Social isolation is so detrimental to health and wellbeing. We want to tackle that, to make people feel better about themselves.

“There are opportunities to get involved with what we do here, but activities will be driven by their [members’] interests.”

She added: “It would be nice to think that lifelong friendships are forming. Some people meet up and do things together outside of The Haven.”

Home on the Range already run a number of programmes, including social and therapeutic intervention for men and young people, as well as working with young offenders and people looking for employment.
The Haven was awarded £50,000 by People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthImprove through The Health Lottery.

To read about other great projects funded by the Trust, click here.

 

To connect with Home on the Range, you can visit their website or their Facebook page.


 

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