The Fold is a brand new centre for army families, set in the middle of a farm in beautiful countryside near the River Tees. Funded by a Libor grant from The Treasury families will the chance to get away from the pressures of Catterick Garrison and spend time in the countryside together. The activities provide a focussed and creative opportunity to learn new skills and share new experiences, whilst making friends with other families.


Clervaux Trust has been running very successful programmes for service families from Catterick Garrison since 2012 funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund. The monthly sessions have proved beneficial in supporting families with process of bonding and rebuilding relationships before and after deployment.


The success of the programme led to the award of a Libor grant towards building a dedicated Army Family Centre.
The farm provides a therapeutic environment to grow produce and provide positive access to the animals, which has a long lasting, therapeutic effect. Often people that struggle with their human relationships can benefit from the healing qualities that animals bring to build up their confidence and they are especially beneficial for children with special needs. The animals are a massive part of the success of the project, as families have access to these fundamental day-to-day farm activities. Children love collecting eggs and feeding the pigs and benefit hugely from experiencing nature and nurture up close.


If you are interested in knowing more about the project please contact the Lead Project Officer, Lone Helliwell. [email protected]


This is a partnership project between Ruskin Mill Land Trust and Clervaux Trust (a subsidiary charity of Ruskin Mill Trust). As land owner Ruskin Mill Land Trust has responsibility for construction of the buildings, Clervaux Trust has responsibility for running the family programmes.


We were extremely grateful to all funders that have shown huge generosity in their support for this project.
The Treasury
Army Central Fund
Army Benevolent Fund
Charles & Elsie Sykes Trust
Veterans Foundation
Albert Hunt Trust
BFBS Big Salute
Bettys Trees for Life
Bettys Good Causes
George Cadbury Trust