Animal Antiks operate an alternative day provision based on a 230-acre working farm in North Marston, near Buckingham. They support children and adults who are experiencing various challenges in their lives. This can include physical and mental health difficulties, those unable to access formal education or those experiencing social isolation and exclusion. They accept referrals from individuals, as well as from local authorities, schools and support organisations. They currently have about 50 members regularly attending, some for a couple of hours a week, whilst others attend five days. Their approach is to create a diverse group of people with various needs, to work together in this safe and calm environment, to carry out a variety of tasks and activities around the farm. They use their large animal family of horses, ponies, donkeys, alpacas, goats, pigs, sheep, chicken, ducks, dogs, rabbit and guinea pig to assist with the activities and their therapy. They find that working on the farm, carrying out these types of activities help to reduce children’s anxieties, increase their confidence and build on their life and social skills and knowledge.
They currently offer work experience, farm therapy and working in conjunction with their training partner, they can provide young people with the opportunity to continue their education whilst on the farm studying animal or equine care alongside functional skills in English, Mathematics and ICT.
From September 2020 they hope to offer achievement awards under the AQA Unit Award Scheme