Vauxhall City Farm, supported by St James Group, uses the setting of an urban farm to provide educational, recreational and therapeutic activities.
The farm supports disadvantaged and disabled people to boost their confidence and aspirations, promote emotional, mental, social and physical well-being, and develop environmental awareness.
Vauxhall City Farm provides a range of educational and training programmes, for over 2,500 children and young people from the local community. Many of these have come through the school programmes, which complement the national curriculum.
These sessions bring the curriculum to life by providing direct experience of nature and animals; developing children's knowledge of the food chain and nutrition, and enabling them to learn about nature, conservation and wildlife. St James' Group has specifically supported a number of programmes including Urban Roots, New Shoots and particularly FERRET (Farming Experiences for Resilience, Responsibility, Education and Training) programme, which targets young people with additional social, emotional and physical needs.
Since 2014, staff at St James Group have been encouraged to support the farm by becoming a 'Friend of the Farm' or by taking part in the 'Adopt an Animal' scheme. Many have also donated their time and talent, by helping with various jobs at Vauxhall City Farm.