Serenity Farm came about after its founder (Lucy Wheeler) was working with young adults in a specialist college, when planning transition from leaving college some students were looking for opportunities to work with horses and other animals and there were just no services available in this area.
Lucy had also become interested in the therapeutic benefits or working with horses, her PAT (Pets as Therapy) dog Archie had started attending college on a daily basis and had a very positive impact on everyone (even attending meetings and reviews!) Lucy then took an interest in Equine Facilitated Learning and took some courses with the EQA which further showed the massive and life-changing effects that horses had particularly for people with autism.
After a very upsetting meeting where a parent broke down and cried at the lack of opportunities for his daughter Lucy needed no more convincing that a facility of this kind needed to be opened.
Just in it's very beginnings Serenity Farm has already attracted huge interest with the local community and has involved partnership work with community groups such as The Prince's Trust.
Although based in a beautiful location on Wetley Moor Serenity Farm is easily accessible and only a few minutes from the city centre making it both in the community and for the community.