Serenity Farm, a charity based in Stoke-on-Trent, has been awarded £10,560 by the VINCI UK Foundation to upgrade its facilities and improve its range of attractions for people with learning disabilities and from marginalised groups.
The Foundation is supported by Actemium UK, part of the VINCI Energies UK Group; Actemium employees will volunteer time to work on the project.
Serenity Farm applied for funding from the VINCI UK Foundation to enable upgrades at their site, including the creation of a disability-friendly sensory garden, a fruit and vegetable garden and toilet facilities. The charity provides farming and animal care activities for people with learning disabilities and marginalised groups, including vulnerable teenage children and children in care. Visitors look to the needs of the animals and the farm, and activities include mucking-out, feeding, exercising the animals and farm maintenance.
The VINCI UK Foundation, funded by VINCI businesses across the UK, supports groups and charities which work to tackle social exclusion, foster community integration and improve access to employment and housing. Launched in early 2016, the Foundation is unique in its support for good causes due to its specific focus and provision of skilled volunteers.
Kevin Pugh, Actemium UK’s sponsor for Serenity Farm said:
“I’ve been volunteering at Serenity Farm for some time, and seen first-hand the difference it makes to its visitors. Serenity Farm is the kind of small charity working to tackle social exclusion that the VINCI UK Foundation was set up to help. I am therefore very pleased that the VINCI UK Foundation has chosen to provide generous financial and staff support to Serenity Farm, which will help to expand the facilities and attractions at the site.”
Lucy Wheeler, Founder of Serenity Farm, added:
“When I founded Serenity Farm, my mission was to open up opportunities for everyone to work with and experience being around animals in a nurturing and friendly environment. I particularly enjoy seeing our visitors interacting with the animals, forming new friendships and taking responsibility to look after them, which gives the visitors a real sense of pride.
“Financial support from the VINCI UK Foundation, as well as the time offered by our Actemium sponsor, will help us to offer an even better experience, through the creation of a disability-friendly sensory garden, fruit and vegetable garden and new toilet facilities.”
Through the Foundation, all VINCI’s employees, from apprentices to senior management, can use their experience and skills to benefit their local communities.
Businesses supporting the Foundation include VINCI Energies UK & ROI, VINCI Construction UK, VINCI Concessions, Eurovia, Bachy Soletanche, VINCI Construction Grands Projects, Nuvia and Freyssinet.
More details can be found at www.vinci-uk-foundation.co.uk.