It is all about the people

Denys Fell

I have been farming for most of my working life and feel reasonably competent, and have been fairly successful, at most things agricultural.

However, since my attention turned towards care farming, I have frequently felt out of my depth. To paraphrase a quote from Star Trek: It is farming, Jim, but not as we know it.

Fortunately two factors have come in to play that have made the Care Farm the exciting prospect it is today. Firstly a tremendous team of staff and volunteers bringing their talents and experience to bear, and secondly the much appreciated good will and financial backing from a variety of sources. Due in no small measure to these wonderful contributions, this social enterprise is beginning to fly.


Maurice Robinson

Maurice is a Director of the Care Farm and is involved in the general management and development. He read Law and Economics at Durham University and worked in industry and commerce in London and went on to study European Law at London University.

Maurice lives locally and represents the interests of the community and is involved in networking and attending local events on behalf of the Care Farm.


Rachael Fell-Chambers

Rachael is a volunteer Director of the Care Farm, mainly involved in strategic developments and also works full-time as a Lecturer in Education at Bishop Grosseteste University. Rachael previously held a Senior Management post in a large Local Authority and, having completed the MA Educational Leadership and Management, has a keen interest in leadership within secondary and post-compulsory education. Rachael is undertaking a PhD at the University of Hull with a focus on care farming and excluded young people. Rachael is a full-time qualified Youth Worker (JNC). In her own time, Rachael is a School Governor and a Trustee of the Make it Shine SEN Charity.


Sally Abrahams

Sal started with us in September 2012 after an earlier working life in Law and the NHS, and 10 years of voluntary work in the Social Care sector, including working with families and children in crisis, and those with SEN.

Sal is primarily responsible for all the administration on the farm, but relishes the new challenges that seem to pop up on a daily basis!

When not at work, Sal enjoys walking, running, horse-riding and musical theatre.



Kate Hellstrom is a HR Director at a Global company in Hull and has over 15 years experience in the Human Resources field. Previous roles have also included working in private and public Health sectors. Kate's qualifications include a Post-graduate qualification in Human Resources and MSc in Strategic HR & Development.



Sara joined us in June 2013 after working as a Head Occupational Therapist in the NHS for 26 years, helping people with mental health and physical disabilities.

Sara is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities on the farm and ensuring the clients have a productive, enjoyable and safe time on the farm.

Outside of work, Sara enjoys hiking, gardening, being creative, reading and cookery.



Jayne joined us in February 2016 as Senior Worker. Jayne previously worked with people with disabilities at the Salvation Army and at a local Prison and currently runs her own cleaning business part-time.

Jayne's interests include horticulture; she has her own allotment where she grows fruit and vegetables, she is also a keen gardener and loves the outdoors and sewing.



Hi! My name is Rachel and I have always loved the great outdoors; people usually say never work with children and animals but for me this is a perfect match! I am lucky enough to be able to combine my degree in zoology with my experience in working with children and farming to fulfil my role as Senior Education Worker.

In this role I have revised the educational offer at Densholme Farm and in November 2016 we obtained a Learning Outside the Classroom badge, which is a nationally recognised symbol of quality in farming education. With this Densholme Farm will have further opportunity to continue expanding its offer to schools and other groups.


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