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Whirlow receives £2,000 grant from the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.


Helen Rhodes, of New Hall Farm and Yorkshire Agricultural Society committee member presents cheque to Whirlow LIFE staff and students.

On Wednesday 13th November Helen Rhodes of New Hall Farm visited Whirlow Hall Farm as a representative of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS) to find out more about the work at Whirlow and how the £2,000 grant from Yorkshire Agricultural Society will be spent.

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society invests over half a million pounds per year supporting and promoting educational events for children and families, awarding small grants and supporting the agricultural industry.

Whirlow Hall Farm Trust has been supporting children in Sheffield for the last forty years. As well as residential and day visits to the farm, which have been a highlight of pupil’s education in Sheffield since the Trust was founded in 1979, Whirlow supports children and young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and/or additional learning needs, many whom struggle in school through Alternative Provision programmes.

During the visit Helen saw the work of some of Whirlow’s Alternative Provision programmes; Whirlow LIFE (Learning In a Farming Environment) for young people with special educational needs, and Secondary Alternative Provision for children aged 11-16 who are struggling in mainstream education. The Secondary Alternative Provision group were gaining skills for their qualifications in animal care while working with the pigs while the Whirlow LIFE group were making Christmas cards and gifts ready to be sold at Whirlow’s upcoming Christmas Fayre event.

Thank you to the Yorkshire Agricultural Society from everyone at Whirlow!

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