The Bucks Masonic Centenary Fund (BMCF) has awarded a grant of £2,500 to the animal assisted learning charity Animal Antiks
It has gone towards the installation of new gates at the facility, which will enable a fully flexible layout and permit service users to access all the different animals, even in wheelchairs and pushchairs. As well as this, the gates will be fitted with baseboards which will help maintain high hygiene standards by containing straw and animal waste, keeping access walkways clean.
Animal Antiks operates an alternative day provision based on a 230-acre working farm in North Marston, near Buckingham. It welcomes and supports children and adults who are experiencing various challenges in their lives. This can include physical and mental health difficulties, difficulties accessing mainstream education or being at risk of school exclusion or experiencing social isolation and exclusion.
It supports around 50 people a week and caters for all ages - with their youngest being five and their eldest in her 50's. Some attend for a couple of hours a week, while others participate in full time and carry out their education onsite.
Andrew Hough recently visited the farm as the Secretary of the BMCF to see the difference the new gates had made for those with mobility and motor skills issues. He enjoyed his visit helping to muck-out and feed some of the animals.