Collingwood Children’s Farm, since its establishment in 1979, has become a beloved local not-for-profit, which supports social inclusion through a range of community programs, delivered on a working farm. These programs develop self-esteem, self-worth and connectedness, particularly of children and those experiencing adversity. The Farm facilitates the participation of children and their families in broader community life and encourages a connection to nature.
“The Collingwood Children’s Farm is a nurturing mental health and wellbeing space, surrounded by riverside bushland, lush gardens and serene farm animals. The Farm offers a space of sanctuary, harnessing the therapeutic benefits of nature, animal interactions, physical activity, mindfulness, and social engagement. Interacting with animals has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, while also promoting feelings of happiness and comfort. Outdoor activities release endorphins, improving mood and reducing depression.
Interacting with nature, plants and soil fosters a sense of connection to the earth, promoting grounding and mindfulness. Engaging in our Farm programs, workshops and activities fosters social connections, combating feelings of isolation and loneliness. The calming space of the Farm provides a supportive space for individuals to build meaningful relationships and feel part of a community.” – Alice (she/her) Community and Programs Manager.
Juno is delighted to have partnered with Collingwood Children’s Farm to enable our clients and their children to spend time connecting in nature and at the Farm free of charge.
We at Juno appreciate and understand holistic approaches in our collective work alongside communities and people who may not otherwise have access to places and spaces such as these, particularly due to the cost of living crisis. Thank you again to Alice and the Farm for their generosity and grassroots community spirit.
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