The Duchess of Cornwall has become the patron of a charity that helps young people with self-esteem.
Jamie’s Farm, in Wiltshire works to builds spirit and self-esteem in at risk urban children by providing time to stay and be part of a working farm.
Jamie’s Farm provides what they call “a unique combination of farming, family and therapy” to help young people through their programme which is a combination of residential stay and follow-up plan.
In April 2012, The Duchess visited the farm and toured the 14th Century farmhouse. Here, Camilla listened to the stories of some of the young people who were helped from their stay at the farm.
“We are absolutely thrilled that Her Royal Highness has agreed to become our Patron,” Jamie Fielden, chief executive of Jamie’s Farm, said of the Royal patron.
Fielden continued: “This comes at a particularly exciting time for the charity as, on our 5th anniversary, we are setting out a bold expansion plan to enable us to work with many more vulnerable young people. It is clear that the enthusiasm that The Duchess shows for the countryside and the keen interest she takes in education is a great match for us.”
Author Johnathan Dimbleby, television and radio presenter and known for his biography on The Prince of Wales is one of Jamie’s Farm trustees.
Dimbleby noted that: “This is a fantastic project; one that gives young people who have no experiences of the countryside the chance of a totally new experience. The young people complete real, physical tasks which are crucial to the farm and which also develop their own life skills. I know of no other organisation that combines therapy, rural activity and personal development so effectively.”