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

Sally joined Densholme in September 2012 as an Admin Officer on a 9-month funded post through Eco-Minds, having previously worked for Humber NHS Foundation Trust. Although Sally’s earlier working career was in the legal profession, she spent 10 years undertaking voluntary work whilst raising her family. This work included supporting families in crisis and working with children with special-educational needs, as well as setting up a Toy Library and organising further educational courses for adults. Sally’s main roles on the farm are general admin, applying for funding and networking/liaising with partner and referral agencies. Outside of work, Sally enjoys days out with her family and walking her two lurcher dogs.



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. As well as assisting clients in their own homes and local environment, Sara was responsible for the planning, co-ordination and delivery of services across Hull and the East Riding and for recruiting, supervising and appraising around 20 members of staff.

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



Jayne joined us in February 2016 as our new 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! Having obtained an honours degree in Zoology I spent 6 years at Cruckley Animal Farm managing the animals and leading school trips. Seeing the children connect with nature and experience farming first hand was a pleasure to be a part of. After the farm closed I was lucky enough to get a job with the RSPB at Bempton Cliffs nature reserve and formed part of the welcome and educational team.

I now once again have an amazing opportunity to work with animals and children and lots of other wonderful people, and have been given the task of revising the educational offer at the farm. My objective is to obtain 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


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