What We Do
The Aim at TURN Education is to provide a relaxing and supportive environment that enables all participants the space and time to reconnect with themselves, their abilities and their true value. Our Mission is to ensure all people should know that they are important, necessary and useful and have the ability to learn and grow. TURN provides a backdrop for reflection, a toolkit for change and a pathway on which learning is a positive and enabling experience.
Since opening in 2019 we have worked with a number of young people all of whom come to us needing a change of direction or approach, many are at crisis point, desperate in their situation and very much disconnected. We are proud that all of them have returned to some form of education or training, many after long periods of absence. Our expansion to now work also with adults is down to Caroline and the team’s steadfast belief that animals, nature and being outdoors are a powerful key to unlocking potential in anyone and our programmes offer direction and support to all that may need it.
Caroline’s background as a qualified teacher and academy leader provide an insight into how to bridge the gaps back to education. Her experience also enables her to help young people and families navigate their journey in partnership with schools and other agencies. Her own love of animals and more recently her counselling and animal therapy development ensure a blend of emotional and resilient techniques to support any young person or adult.
Jody’s experience both equine and agricultural, offers a unique opportunity for young people to not only learn educationally, but also emotionally, about animal’s needs and well being. Her own practice as a natural horseperson and her qualifications as both a personal trainer and riding instructor ensure that her delivery on programmes takes on a truly holistic approach.
Our programmes can be self funded, indeed many are, but we recognise that funding can be the main barrier to accessing our vital services. We apply for and utilise available grant funding schemes to enable some of our programmes to be participated in at a reduced or no cost and we advertise and share these opportunities as widely as possible. We will always provide our services when they are needed.
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
Founder and Activity Leader
Background: Former Teacher and Academy Leader
Favourite Animal at TURN: India
Favourite TURN Activity: Den Building
Wants to learn: How to shear a sheep
Director and Activity Leader
Background: Degree in Equine Science, Qualified Riding Instructor and Freelance Groom
Favourite Animal at TURN: The Goats
Favourite TURN Activity: Leading goat walks
Wants to learn: How to lay a hedge
India - Red Fox Lab
Learning Assistant / Front of House
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: I loved my brother Packham and hope to have a new doggie friend to play with soon.
Favourite TURN Activity: Playing chase with the hens
Wants to learn: How to be big and brave like my brother Packham
Dylan the Donkey
Background: Dylan arrived at TURN in 2020 with his mum Penny. Being a baby, he is especially keen to meet new people and has a cheeky side.
Favourite Animal at TURN: Dylan loves to chase everyone! Not sure they are his favourites, more like fair game for playing tag!
Favourite Activity: Being brushed and eating pears, just like his Mum!
Want to learn: How to unclip the gate and come up to the yard to see everyone.
Penny the Donkey
Background: Penny came with her son Dylan to start a new life here with us as her current owner wasn’t able to give them the attention they needed. She is soon to be a mum again!
Favourite Animal at TURN: Penny is especially fond of the cats and will happily let them walk along the fence to greet her and share her straw.
Favourite Activity: Being brushed and eating pears.
Want to learn: How to unclip the gate and come up to the yard to see what’s going on.
Seth, Popcorn and Snowy (The Goats)
Background: Raised at TURN and now trained to be groomed, walked and come when called in the paddock.
Favourite Animal at TURN: We love Penny 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, Jack Fox, Milo and Hetherington (The Sheep)
Background: Flossie and Fox were bottle raised at TURN from 2 days old. Milo and Hetherington came to us having been bottle raised in 2020. They all love being fussed and having their favourite spots scratched and due to being raised by humans are super friendly and perfect for our care farm activities.
Favourite Animal at TURN: We prefer to be together as the goats try and boss us about but we like playing with Cordelia and the other Grey Faced Dartmoors.
Favourite Activity: Head scratches and kisses…… we love them.
Want to learn: How to squeeze through the fence gaps to the fresh new grass.
Reggie, Mrs Willow, Berry, Ebony-Jane, Bramble, Buster, Cooper, Diego and Loxley (The Cats)
Support Services and Pest Control
Background: Ranging in age from 20 weeks to 12 years all TURN’s 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 india and know she 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!
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 Penny 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.
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 Penny 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 (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.
Hallie, Ida, Ivy and Cordelia (The Grey Faced Dartmoor Sheep)
Rare Breeds Ambassadors
Background: Part of a rare breeds project at TURN. We are long wool sheep on the watch list with the rare breeds survival trust.
Favourite Animal at TURN: We like to be together but we are getting used to Flossie and Fox. Baby Cordelia likes everyone and loves to chase the hens!
Favourite Activity at TURN: Being fed and getting a good chest scratch in our long wool fleece.
Want to learn: How to steal the chicken’s corn food.
Pumpkin and Bea (The Lion Head Rabbits)
Trainee Learning Assistants
Background: Gifted to TURN from another animal therapy partner we are two baby girls who are looking forward to becoming a key part of TURNS therapeutic work. We love cuddles and and are happy to run around near and over people.
Favourite Animal at TURN: We haven’t really met anyone close up but everyone seems very friendly.
Favourite Activity at TURN: Playing in the aviary in the bushes and tunnels.
Want to learn: How to dig a real burrow.
REST IN PEACE
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dankey in December 2019 and Packham in October 2020.
These wonderful animals were a huge part of TURN Education and will be missed by us all.
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.