News & Events

News And Events

Please re-visit this page regularly for our latest news and events.

Happy 1st Birthday!

Psst…Did anyone tell you that it’s our Birthday? On 1st September 2017 Dal Dy Dir will be one year old! And what a momentous first year it’s been. 

A Brief History
Following the announcement from Papworth Trust that they intended to close Kerry Farm, the staff and volunteers following consultation committed to forming a new charity, which could continue to Co-produce services with our families and community. We have placed a bid with the Trust to takeover the farm. 
The Charity Commission awarded us charitable status at the end of January of this year! 
We are deeply committed to developing our service so that we can continue to offer therapeutic breaks to our families. 
A member of the local farming community in Kerry has very kindly allowed us to use a two acre piece of land on the top of the Ridgeway (Many of you who know the area will have fond memories of the Kerry Ridgeway!), where alongside our volunteers we are working hard and still offering our rural skills programmes. We have just found out that we have received Awards For All funding from the Big Lottery; this fund, alongside a grant from the Community Foundation in Wales, will allow us to continue developing our services within the local community. 
Our vision is huge and we are, of course, looking to find a forever farm of our very own. This, in itself, will be no mean feat, as we need to ensure our new home is suitable for our volunteers and for of our holidays and respite breaks as well. It will mean that we have to raise significant funding revenue to buy and adapt a smallholding. Our wonderful Trustees are currently seeking a number of different funding streams, of which we will keep you posted. 
Our core team are faces familiar to many of you who have spent time with us over the last four years as are some of our Partners such as Sam from Rooted Forest School. Our team have been offering their services in England as well as Wales. Indeed one of our Specialist workers team has began to visit one of our families on a monthly basis, through the Dal Dy Dir With Us Service. Indeed they have reported “It’s just like Dal Dy Dir, but at our home!”
What can you do?
Here’s the important thing…we really need you! We want to develop a service that is run with you, for you and that really empowers you to achieve whatever it is that you want and be proud of it! For that we need you to work with us….
Talk to us: email us, call us, send us a film, write to us, fb or instagram us. Give us your ideas, tell us what you envision or see for Dal Dy Dir
Gossip about us: Please like us on Social media, tell your friends about us, tell your school, tell your community…let people know what we are doing and plan to do in the future. 
Donate: We are doing everything we can to raise money for Dal Dy Dir but if you can spare even a small amount it really will make such a difference. If have our own Local Giving Page. Or contact us for our Bank Details.
Fundraise: Hold a community event for us to raise money, or find a way to raise some money a sponsored something, a cake bake etc the possibilities are limited by your imagination.
Volunteer: Come and spend the day with us and help us develop our new field. 
Use our Services: Find our about “Dal Dy Dir with us” service.
twitter: @dal_dy_dir 


Dal Dy Dir 2 August 2017
Breaking News

Today we are very excited to receive Awards For All funding from the Big Lottery....Fanfare and celebration required. Thanks Big Lottery

More details regarding how we intend to use this funding to follow.....

Dal Dy Dir 31 July 2017

Moving Somewhere New!

Dal Dy Dir are excited to be moving and opening up a new location, thanks to the generosity of one of our friends, it is just outside Newtown, Powys.  Photos will follow.

This is the first of a number of sites we are planning and will offer a great opportunity for our volunteers to work to enhance and develop a rural setting. We have amazing plans for animals and forestry and we see this as a wonderful opportunity to create something that really works for us and those who we work with.

We are fundraising to 

a. Buy our own site
b. Cover our boring old core costs so we can operate
c. Provide Animal care / Cost / Sponsorship

We face many challenges to achieve what we know is right, but are determined to provide something truly exceptional for all.

Should you wish to donate, we are currently setting up a safe giving mechanism and it should be ready in the coming days.

Dal Dy Dir 13 June 2017

Forest Schools

SWe are pleased to announce a partnership between Rooted Forest Schools and Dal Dy Dir. Rooted forest schools is a superb Herefordshire based forest school, training, delivery and outdoor educational organisation run by the lovely Sam Goddard.

Sam and his team been actively involved with the development and provision of Forest School across the UK for a number of years. They work from various sites around the Midlands and Wales and specialise in mobile provision which last year included China! They provide a full programme of Forest School sessions, ranging from one off experiences to a fully integrated rolling programme developing through several years. They cater for all ages, having worked with children as young as 12 months, right through Primary School, Secondary School, adults even up to older people, working with residential care homes in the area. They are especially adept in providing specialist courses for hard to reach sectors of the community.

March 2017
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