The Early Years
Lorica obtained the lease for East Clayton Farm in 2004. The first stage of development at East Clayton involved converting the farm outbuildings into individual living units for 8 young adults with 24/7 care needs. The farmhouse was turned into flats for 5 people moving on from homelessness. These facilities are now well established and thriving.
Spirit of Place
As tenants of the National trust, we have created in partnership with them, a ‘spirit of place’ statement which captures the spirit of the farm and the environment. This is shown in a short cartoon.
Lorica Trust was founded with deep Christian roots which East Clayton farm continues to grow and nourish.
We work in close partnership with organisations who help us extend and develop our work.
West Sussex County Council support the care provision. We work closely with West Sussex Community volunteers on farm development projects.
Association run the care provision for those with 24/7 care needs
The National Trust are
our landlords and partners
We are within the South Downs National Park and undertake joint projects with Park Rangers and volunteers.
We also work with local farmers who graze stock on the farm, helping us with our conservation goals.
Chair - Robin Hobson
The vision for East Clayton Farm began in the year 2000 when I approached the National Trust about the possibility of developing the farm for people, as well as farming and conservation; this was borne of a christian conviction that this farm should be a place where everyone who visits and lives there can feel at home and be blessed. The vision was that at the farm, anybody, whatever their life circumstances, could come and be Inspired, Restored, Educated and Refreshed. It has been amazing to see how this vision has been fulfilled and we are excited by what is still to come!
I have been involved with the East Clayton Farm development, giving practical help around the farm from the outset of our tenancy with the National Trust. Robin Hobson and I started fundraising for the farm by taking part in the Plymouth-Banjul car rally in 2007 where we raised £60,000. As a Christian, I long to see people who come to the farm being blessed by being there. God has guided our steps as the farm has developed and it is great to see how the impact of the farm has grown over time.
Teacher at Brinsbury College
One of the beauties of East Clayton Farm is the way it allows young people to thrive and find the best in themselves. As someone who works in Further Education, with students who have a range of learning, behavioural and emotional difficulties, I am able to bring my experience with education and outdoor environments to the Trustee role, as well as my passion for seeing every person and part of the world around us, being valued and cared for. This seems to be at the heart of God’s unconditional love for our part of West Sussex.
I accepted an offer to become a Trustee in 2011. Then and now I wanted to put my personal Christian faith into action and be part of something in my local community and use my skills and knowledge to contribute to the development of the farm. Over the intervening years it has been exciting, whilst sometimes challenging, to be part of the farm’s development, touching an ever widening community. I feel privileged to share in God’s plan for the farm as it continues to grow.
I became involved with East Clayton through the original redevelopment of the farm. This led to me becoming a trustee which I was going to do for a couple of years but I am still here because I find the unique opportunities the farm provides both inspirational and rewarding!