Open Day 2013

We held our annual Open Day at the Farm Project, but this year it was bigger and better, to celebrate our 10 year anniversary! The day started with a Parent Consultation, attended by parents, families and carers from all parts of the service. We were grateful for the feedback given, including what we were doing well and what we could improve. Some of the feedback we received included, “staff are well trained”, “we feel that we work in partnership with the staff, for the best for our daughter”. Feedback was given around perhaps reinstating the Open Day to a Saturday, to help parents who work to access the day. Parents commented that all children and young people had enjoyed a range of supported holidays this year. Families requested more weekend breaks to allow them the time to socialise in the knowledge that their children were appropriately cared for and enjoying a range of activities. We were pleased to hear that parents thought communication had improved, as that was one of our development points from last year.


A prize draw was held to win a weekend in our Log Cabin. The lucky winner was Cath; we hope she enjoys her rural getaway! The Log Cabin is situated at the Farm Project and offers an accessible provision for family holidays and overnight respite and for adults and children.


The Open Day was fun packed, including ‘Oops a Daisy' circus performers, who helped us master skills in juggling, gymnastic ribbon waving and the diablo.


Face painting, pony rides, a bouncy castle and a real dairy ice cream stand from Cheshire Farms Ice Cream in Budworth were enjoyed by everyone. Volunteers from Jabbawocks from Hale civic society organised competitions, games and a tombola, helped tidy up and handed out cups of coffee, many thanks to them for their enthusiasm and helpfulness.


Lunch was provided by Darren from Wythenshawe Hog Roast (he has promised Moroccan lamb tagine and paella for next year) who filled us all up with delicious hog roast sandwiches, which were followed by lovely cakes and buns and cups of tea.


We were very lucky to see a display of falconry from Cheshire Falconry Display. The audience enjoyed listening to a very knowledgeable talk about the birds on display, as well as watching them swoop around their heads and perform amazing tricks. Children and adults had their photos taken with the birds at the end of the display.


We saw Mark skillfully complete a sheep shearing display, a popular and regular slot at our Open Days.


As always at the Farm Project, we gave visitors a chance to interact with our diverse range of animals and enjoy our wonderful farmland and horticultural opportunities. We are very proud of the range of vegetables grown by our service users this year.


The day culminated in certificates and medal presentations for all our high-achieving service users. We were proud to award everyone with medals and certificates for their achievements this year.


Thanks to everyone who came and to those who helped out with yet another successful Fairfield event. An extra special thanks also to all those who have been involved in Fairfield over the last 10 years!