We’ve been enjoying getting involved with our local community here on the Isle of Wight – and we had a wonderful experience recently at Haylands Farm.
Haylands Farm is important to the IW Community. It offers people a real working environment tailored to meet their individual needs, supports families and siblings giving respite and enabling parents to work. Items made at the farm are sold to the local community.
Costs are high, and Haylands has to find £250,000 each year just to survive, so to help do our bit a team of Isle of Wight Pearl colleagues descended for a couple of days, armed with brushes, DIY tools and buckets of enthusiasm, 9 tonnes of concrete to revamp Haylands Farm.
Isle of Wight Pearl funded the project and the team completed a peaceful seating area and extending the working area as well as improving the excellent facilities that already exist at Haylands Farm. The aim was to get the garden to the point where it can be a relaxing area as well as a productive one. Outside areas which includes stables had a lick of paint, strimming and clearing around the sight as well as clearing of the polytunnels so that it can be enjoyed by clients, staff and visitors. The team laid pathways planted flowers with scents and texture, some of which were grown at the farm. Insulated and plaster boarded a workshop unit and painted a lasting mural wall amongst many other projects.
We also gave Haylands Farm clients a pearl masterclass, to help them discover the wonderful and surprising world of pearls. This ended with a pick-a-pearl experience, where clients could choose an oyster shell, which was opened to reveal a pearl.
Helped on the day by staff and clients, we shared a wonderful moment building a little world of wonderful together.
If you’d like to donate to Haylands Farm, and make a real difference to people with disabilities, please visit: haylandsfarm.co.uk