BIG GIVE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE 17 Animals Supporting Vulnerable People Discover. Donate. Double. After the success of last years National award Winning Big Give Christmas Challenge 16, when we managed to raise £14,000, through our online campaign and match funding we are taking part again. This year we need to raise a total £12,000 towards our Animals Assisted Therapy Project. Between Tuesday 28th of November from 12 pm to Tuesday the 5th of December until 12 pm, you will be able to donate online and have your donation doubled. So SAVE THE DATE! or Hold a Christmas Dress Down Day for our great cause in your school, place of work or with friends and then donate the money online during the campaign dates. TO DONATE http://bit.ly/2z8jGfb Animals Helping Vulnerable People At Amelia Trust Farm we help young people who are facing multiple disadvantages including physical, verbal and sexual abuse; disorders such as autism or ADHD and those in the Care system. We involve them with activities at the Farm to help them develop vital employability skills. Young people aged 11–18 years who have suffered abuse or neglect or are statemented with neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD or autism often find mainstream educational environments too intimidating and they stop engaging in learning. They think that society has given up on them and feel worthless and that life has nothing to offer them. Without the right type of care and support this highly vulnerable group enter adulthood without the life skills people need to cope let alone succeed. Solution Our project helps young people to develop behavioural, emotional and social skills to enable them to be better equipped when regaining control of their lives. Animal assisted therapies help improve self-esteem and mood where individuals are feeling angry, depressed and tense. Our aim is to increase motivation and self worth so that there is a greater willingness to re-engage with education and training and to get their lives back on the right path and to find employment on leaving education. Outcome Over the period of a year we can help over 120 young people and 84% of these young people will successfully go onto higher education or work placements.