Innovative Practice and Research LiFE Award was awarded to Grumpy Goat Co Care Farm
Inspired by her own experience with trauma and mental ill health, and knowing firsthand the healing benefits animals bring to people's lives, Ally founded the Grumpy Goat Co Care Farm. The farm has partnerships with the primary school and high school in Smithton, which engages at-risk youth in activities such as animal care, farm maintenance, and fence building.
The Grumpy Goat Co Care Farm also runs a wildly popular Goat Yoga program. The yoga promotes movement, social connection, and plenty of laughter. Feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive, with many saying that Goat Yoga is the only thing that would encourage them to leave the house and eventually reintegrate into society after mental ill health. The Grumpy Goat Co Care Farm is open to people of all ages, capacities, and needs, and promotes a sense of hope and healing.