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Sages Cottage farm situated at 85 Sages Road, Baxter offers therapeutic programs, including Creative Arts Animal Assisted Therapy, to children who have been exposed to family violence, abuse or neglect. This is what makes 'Sages' different from other children's farms.
Many of the young people involved in the programs are dealing with complex problems. They often have difficulty trusting others, have low self esteem and are less able to feel empathy. The therapy programs are specifically designed to help young people overcome these issues.
At the Farm, children can develop trusting relationships in a safe environment. They learn how to care for animals and understand how they are feeling and undertake tasks that require responsibility and problem solving skills.
Involving The Local Community
The local community plays a vital role in the success of the Farm. Many students from local primary schools are involved in educational activities learning about health, science and the world around them, while volunteers of all ages are giving their time and talents to the gardening, heritage and animal therapy groups.
In the future, families will also be able to experience some hands-on activities, held in conjunction with other Farm programs, or just wander around and enjoy the ambience of the heritage listed Sages Cottage, the café and gardens.
Click here to view the Sages page on 'Only Melbourne'
Click here to view the Sages page on 'Heritage Victoria'
Sages Cottage Farm is located
on Melways Ref 106 G4