When you suffer from Arthritis, Epilepsy and a heart condition, It’s hard to find a regular place to go that helps you forget all that. Beyond Boundaries is the answer. Set in the beautiful North York Moors Beyond Boundaries is a farm in Commondale that is aimed at people like myself that need extra help. Run by Kay Willis and Anthony Laffan since June 2016, Beyond Boundaries is open and accessible to all ages and needs. It is a truly great project that is well loved by everyone who visits.
On my first visit back in May 2017, I was given a tour by Anthony around the different areas of the farm. There’s a workshop for arts, crafts and some intensive DIY for the constant ongoing projects (they literally never stop!). Then there’s the ‘bait’ room: a space for painting and storing the local archaeological discoveries found by resident metal detector Ashley, one of 28 weekly visitors who greatly benefit from their time at the farm. A large barn houses the cows and lambs. Other animal activities on offer include looking after and feeding the chickens, sheep, cows, goats and rabbits (who are always happy when food is involved!).
Attached to the farm is a massive space of 94 acres or so. This space is used for team building exercises and activities; things that are important to the experience. One memorable morning I was part of a large group of visitors trying to send a tennis ball down into a bowl in the woods with nothing but string and guttering. After plenty of near misses and laughter, we did it. This sums up Beyond Boundaries in a nutshell: inclusion and enjoyment.
by Charlie Ridgewell
“Certainly, the best thing I’ve found at Beyond Boundaries is the feeling of family. There’s never a dull moment, every lunchtime the main cottage is filled with warmth and laughter. It’s a place that can provide a (much needed) boost, especially if I’ve had a tough week being bed-bound. It’s somewhere where everyone gets to feel included and independent whilst making lasting happy memories.”
– Kay Wallis