Elysian at Westlands Farm

Elysian at Westlands ltd was set up by Charlotte and Dene Williams in September 2015. Westland farm is a 100 acre farm set in an areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is a working farm with pigs, Sheep, goats and alpacas.

At Westland we provide a livery service to a whole variety of horses and ponies. Dene works on the farm full time, looking after the horses and the other animals on the farm.

One of our important values on the farm is fostering a positive atmosphere, and being honest and open. We do not claim to be flawless, though we do everything we can to provide a good service, and try our best to make sure that humans and horses (and other animals!) are happy at the farm!

We aim to work with an equine and animal assisted therapeutic and personal development focus and watch this space for developments in this area over the coming year. We believe in the amazing positive impact equines and other animals can have on the way in which we understand our world, our personal development and our relationships.

About Charlotte

Charlotte has worked in a variety of social care settings for many years, in many different roles. Experience has mainly focussed on children, young people and their families, and particularly in the area of emotional well-being. Roles varied from working in an Early Years setting, to working in and managing children’s homes, a ‘Family Specialist’ role and more recently managed a CAMHS Children’s Rights team for Surrey County Council. Many of these roles have included training, facilitation, management and supervision.

Charlotte has had horses most of her life and has many years experienced looking after her own and other people’s horses.

Charlotte's Qualifications

Qualifications –

  • Foundation Bsc Psychology and Counselling
  • BA (HONS) Psychology and Youth Studies
  • BA (HONS) Social Work
  • Post Grad Cert Managing in Health and Social Care
  • Post Grad Cert Critical Practice with Children and Young People
  • Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • Animal Assisted Therapy Level 3 Practitioner
  • Certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAGALA)
  • PRINCE2 Project Management Practitioner
  • Crisis Intervention Trainer, First Aid, Health and Safety level 2, Safeguarding, supervision and other relevant and certified training in health, social care and therapy areas.
  • DBS certificate and regular training undertaken with Surrey County Council (children’s services).
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About Dene

Experience

Dene has up until recently worked for Surrey County Council as a Senior Family Support Worker. Dene has extensive experience in working in therapeutic and social care settings, working directly with children, young people and families, with a variety of needs. Dene has developed excellent knowledge and skills through in-house training and professional development in his years with Surrey County Council. He has a keen interest in horse care and has experience of contributing a majority to the running of a small yard with the day to day care of horses. Dene also has his own horses and is passionate and experienced in the world of agricultural animals and learning more about farming and equestrian care.

Dene's Qualifications

Qualifications

  • Certificate in Higher education in Social Work
  • Introduction to Equine Assisted Therapy and Facilitation (EAT/EAF)
  • Horse Awareness Certificate
  • BHS Level 1 Horse Care and Management
  • First Aid, Food Hygiene, Safeguarding Children and Families
  • DBS certificate and regular training undertaken with Surrey County Council        (children’s services).
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Karen

About Karen

Qualified SENCO with 15 years’ experience with children and young people in a variety of settings, and a lifelong love of learning & animals.  My “role” at the farm allows me to combine my passions and use my practical skills to the max!  I’m at my best helping little people experiment at our Pony Play Days & using the variety of animals at the farm to help the older ones develop a sense of self & self-confidence, not to mention resilience and routine (think rounding up the last chicken or mucking out in the cold)

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About Elizabeth

Because I love animals and working with horses I recently decided to quit my job as a sales manager and move my whole family to this wonderful place. I now live at the farm with my partner, Øystein, and our two children, Sebastian (5) and Mathilde (4).  Except for a few years break in my 20s I have had to do with horses most of my life. I’ve owned and ridden a variety of ponies and horses. I have always concentrated on classical dressage, but also done some showjumping. With my previous horse I competed Medium dressage and 90cm jumping. I’m continuously learning about horses and their behaviour and enjoy ground work sessions like lungeing and long reining.

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About Julie

Business Administrator

 

Chartered HR professional with 25 year commercial experience. Parent School Governor, with responsibility for SEN and until recently managed the Cranleigh Schools Confederation. I grew up with animals and horses and believe that they can teach us much about life.