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 and goats.

At Westland we provide a livery service to a whole variety of horses and ponies. Dene works on the farm full time, and there are also a staff team that help us with all the activities we do 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 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. Over time we are gradually developing Animal Assisted Therapeutic Learning Programmes, which you can find out more about on this website!

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.

“We want the farm to be calm and friendly place, where people feel welcomed and looked after”

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Charlotte's 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).

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).

This is some of our guys at the farm, showing off the Elysian uniform. We have Harry on the left with little Sebastian, Dene wearing a hat, Karen in purple, Charlotte, Elizabeth and Cress

About Hannah

Hannah is one of our extremely hard working grooms who everyone knows and loves! She works full time on the farm and knows every horse here.

I joined the Westland team in December 2016, having previously worked within veterinary practices and a livery yard/riding school. No two days are the same at the farm; there’s always something new to learn! Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my Welsh Section D gelding; Mr Darcy. We enjoy exploring the stunning Surrey countryside and hope to compete in Trec competitions this year.                                                  Hannah

About Julie

Julie is our very own and very multi-skilled super organised Business Administrator. She is a Chartered HR professional with 25 year commercial experience. She is also a Parent School Governor, with responsibility for SEN and until recently managed the Cranleigh Schools Confederation. Julie grew up with animals and horses and is passionate about what animals can help us learn about our lives.

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About Harry

Harry is one of our very lovely General Assistants. He has been involved in the farm since day one, and also has his own horse here. Harry is at the farm most days, including working at the farm on Sundays, supporting various farm experience sessions with children, their families and the animals! Harry is also a talented rider, and makes a huge contribution to the friendly and helpful atmosphere the team creates on the farm.

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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 Mica

Mica works on the farm as a full time General Assistant Apprentice. Mica joined the team in 2017 as an apprentice with very little experience. She took to working with horses and people like duck to water. She had some lovely achievements already in terms of what she has done in the little time she has been here. She is always positive, helpful and hard working. Mica is the ‘go-to’ girl on the farm 🙂