ABOUT US

What We Do

TURN Education opened in January 2019 as founder Caroline Hardeman – Mason took a leap of faith out of mainstream education into working for herself to provide young people with experiences to help them reconnect with themselves, their education and their abilities to succeed. She and her team knew first hand the powerful effect working and learning with animals had on young people and they now use this experience to support a range of young people and their families.

Since opening we have worked with a number of young people all of whom come to us at crisis point, desperate in their situation and very much disconnected. Many families can’t afford to undertake projects that have a cost attached and we are not funded by any charity or government body. We apply for and have successfully received Lottery Grant Funding but rely on charitable giving, grant funding and donations to ensure we can offer all who need it our support as well as providing paid for services to those who wish to engage with us in this way.

Testimonials from our families talk about how their children feel

* safe and important

*empowered and cared for

* believed in

Families talk to me about how the projects we have run provide

* purpose and a place to be accepted

* a chance to change

* something to focus on when things aren’t great at home

MEET THE TEAM

Caroline Hardeman-Mason

Caroline Hardeman-Mason

Founder and Activity Leader

Background: Former Teacher and Academy Leader

Favourite Animal at TURN: Packham 

Favourite TURN Activity: Den Building 

Wants to learn: How to shear a sheep

Jody Pooley

Jody Pooley

Director and Activity Leader

Background: Degree in Equine Science, Qualified Riding Instructor and Freelance Groom

Favourite Animal at TURN: Dankey Donkey and the Goats

Favourite TURN Activity: Grooming Dankey and leading goat walks

Wants to learn: How to lay a hedge

Packham - Chocolate Lab

Packham - Chocolate Lab

Learning Assistant / Front of House

Background: 6 Years experience co parenting a small human, various kittens and other babies.

Favourite Animal at TURN: Other than my humans….. Berry the cat.

Favourite TURN Activity: Taking part in den building.

Wants to learn: How to hide sticks from India.

India - Red Fox Lab

India - Red Fox Lab

Trainee Learning Assistant

Background: Raised at TURN from a puppy India is recovering from a traumatic incident when she was small that has left her nervous of people. She loves quiet and calm people and often supports anxious young people as she knows exactly how it feels. 

Favourite Animal at TURN: Packham

Favourite TURN Activity: Playing chase with the hens

Wants to learn: How to be big and brave like my brother Packham

In loving memory Dankey - Grey Donkey

In loving memory Dankey - Grey Donkey

Dankey sadly passed away in December of 2019

Background: 32 years experience helping young people learn to ride, various celebrity appearances in Nativities and Palm Sunday processions across Staffordshire. Her passing leaves a huge gap in our hearts at TURN but we are eternally grateful for all she gave us in her years of service. RIP gorgeous girl you will always be the spirit of TURN 

Favourite Animal at TURN: The Goats

Favourite TURN Activity: Making ( and eating) enrichment treats

Wants to learn: How to get under the electric tape to the muck heap

Seth, Popcorn and Snowy (The Goats)

Seth, Popcorn and Snowy (The Goats)

Learning Assistants

Background: Raised at TURN and now trained to be groomed, walked and come when called in the paddock.

Favourite Animal at TURN: We love Dankey and look up to her to lead our herd.

Favourite Activity: Anything that involves running around or climbing in the paddock.

Want to learn: How to balance on our back legs to reach the juiciest branches and leaves.

Flossie and Jack Fox ( The Sheep)

Flossie and Jack Fox ( The Sheep)

Learning Assistants

Background: Bottle raised at TURN from 2 days old. Love being fussed and having our favourite spots scratched. 

Favourite Animal at TURN: We prefer to be together as the goats try and boss us about but at night we share our pen with chickens Star, Snowball and Henry.

Favourite Activity: Being brushed …… we love it

Want to learn: How to squeeze through the fence gaps to the fresh new grass.

Reggie, Mrs Willow, Berry, Ebony-Jane, Bramble, Buster, Cooper and Diego (The Cats)

Reggie, Mrs Willow, Berry, Ebony-Jane, Bramble, Buster, Cooper and Diego (The Cats)

Support Services and Pest Control

Background: Ranging in age from 12 to 20 weeks all TURNs feline team are rescues and rehabilitation with varying personalities and problems they are all much loved as part of the TURN family.

Favourite Animal at TURN: We much prefer our human family but we love Packham and know he keeps us all safe.

Favourite Activity at TURN: Enrichment, especially when it focuses on making us things to play with, chase or scratch.

Want to learn: How to get the best sun spot before anyone else!

The Chickens

The Chickens

Support Services and Ground Maintenance

Background: All the red hens are rescues via the charity Fresh Start For Hens and now lead free range lives at TURN. There are also Bantams, other breeds and three Cockerels who have either been rescued, born or raised at TURN.

Favourite Animal at TURN: We are flock birds so like each other’s company but we also like Dankey as she has a warm stable to rest in.

Favourite Activity at TURN: Enrichment and bath time are our favourites as we love to meet new people and be cared for.

Want to learn: How to get the juicy worms out of the garden without being told off for destroying the plants.

Duchess, Tess, Penelope, Felicity, Sue, Sally, Daisy, Dolly and Delilah (The Ducks)

Duchess, Tess, Penelope, Felicity, Sue, Sally, Daisy, Dolly and Delilah (The Ducks)

Support Services and Ground Maintenance

Background: Saved from three separate hatching projects we have lived with the family all our lives.

Favourite Animal at TURN: We much prefer our human family but we do like Dankey as her hooves make mud for us to dabble in.

Favourite Activity at TURN: Enrichment, especially when it uses mealworms and fresh water.

Want to learn: How to make mud patches all year round.

 

Jerry, Rebecca, Darcy and Elizabeth (The Geese)

Jerry, Rebecca, Darcy and Elizabeth (The Geese)

Support Services and Security

Background: Raised at TURN as part of Rare Breeds Conservation.

Favourite Animal at TURN: In truth we aren’t all that keen on the other animals but we do man the gate so they don’t get in or out!

Favourite Activity at TURN: Water refill day so we can splash and preen.

Want to learn: How to get under the gate and into the vegetable patch.

 

Policies & Procedures

We have a stringent set of policies and procedures to ensure that we always follow best practice for our activities and that our attendees feel safe and included. Please click here (or on the duck image) to view our latest documents.

As a Community Interest Company we are proud to be shaping the lives of the young people in and around Staffordshire and Derbyshire. We are always interested to hear from community groups and individuals who have ideas about how we may help further. Please do get in touch.