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Danadara is the first Diamond Donor to support charity appeal

Charitable projects for children and families benefit from Dandara donation.

Dandara was the first 'Diamond Donor' to sign up to an appeal by The Children's Centre in the Isle of Man to raise £50,000 in 50 days. It committed £5,000 to support the charity's work, which reaches more than 5,800 young people every year.

The donation will help to fund more than a dozen projects managed by The Children's Centre for children, young people and families across the Island, including the Community Farm, MOBEX, Out2Play, learning support and the Forest School.

Fiona Dawson, Chief Executive of The Children's Centre, said:

" It costs more than £3,000 a day to deliver our services, which is a huge undertaking for an independent local charity like ours. That makes the support of donors like Dandara essential to our work.

The significant contribution made by Dandara will enable key projects to continue across the Island, helping The Children's Centre deliver its vision of putting children, young people and families first and, by doing so, make the Isle of Man a safe and progressive community, and one of the best environments in the world for children to be raised."

One of the projects the Dandara donation will support is the Community Farm, an initiative which offers learning and support through connecting with nature. Children who struggle in a traditional classroom setting often flourish in the Community Farm environment.

Fiona explained:

"The farm is a fabulous resource for the Island. Our experts based there are trained to deliver experiences to benefit a huge range of individuals with diverse needs. Groups from around the Island's secondary schools have signed up to projects at the farm, and results from those who have taken part have been superb."

The community farm is an unapologetically challenging environment, helping people to flourish and grow as they overcome pre-conditioned ideas of what they are capable of.

One young person to benefit is 'Rebecca', who was 12 when she first visited the farm with a group from a local high school. Rebecca was not doing well at school and in her first session her confidence was at rock bottom; she was withdrawn, inactive and close to tears at the prospect of interacting with the animals and the rest of the group.

During her time at the farm, The Children's Centre team worked closely with Rebecca, building her confidence through contact with Woody the dog and other animals. The group bonded as they overcame physical challenges and developed socially by supporting each other through new experiences.

Rebecca gained so much from her time at the farm her visits continued for several years. At her last session she was completely transformed and described as 'the life and soul of the group.' She was enjoying looking after the animals that she was previously very frightened of and happily encouraging other members of the group. Rebecca has since secured a place at college and is looking forward to the future.

Nigel Revill, who leads the group projects at the farm, said:

"The farm helps people encounter and engage with new things from the world around them, and bring that rewarding connection back into their everyday lives. This is just one example of a child whose outlook on life has been completely transformed. Watching the look on Rebecca's face change from pure fear of the unknown and total lack of self-esteem to one of absolute delight is very special, priceless."

How can you help?

There are many ways you can support our work.

  • £3,000 per day to run our charitable programmes
  • £7 benefit for every £1 spent on Thriving families programme
  • 40% of local children and young people engaged in our services
  • 16 groups of all ages hosted at the Farm each week