Serenity Farm, a charity based in Stoke-on-Trent, has been awarded £10,560 by the VINCI UK Foundation to upgrade its facilities and improve its range of attractions for people with learning disabilities and from marginalised groups.

The Foundation is supported by Actemium UK, part of the VINCI Energies UK Group; Actemium employees will volunteer time to work on the project.  

Serenity Farm applied for funding from the VINCI UK Foundation to enable upgrades at their site, including the creation of a disability-friendly sensory garden, a fruit and vegetable garden and toilet facilities. The charity provides farming and animal care activities for people with learning disabilities and marginalised groups, including vulnerable teenage children and children in care. Visitors look to the needs of the animals and the farm, and activities include mucking-out, feeding, exercising the animals and farm maintenance.

The VINCI UK Foundation, funded by VINCI businesses across the UK, supports groups and charities which work to tackle social exclusion, foster community integration and improve access to employment and housing. Launched in early 2016, the Foundation is unique in its support for good causes due to its specific focus and provision of skilled volunteers.


I’ve been volunteering at Serenity Farm for some time, and seen first-hand the difference it makes to its visitors. Serenity Farm is the kind of small charity working to tackle social exclusion that the VINCI UK Foundation was set up to help. I am therefore very pleased that the VINCI UK Foundation has chosen to provide generous financial and staff support to Serenity Farm, which will help to expand the facilities and attractions at the site.

Kev Pugh Sponsor, Actemium UK

When I founded Serenity Farm, my mission was to open up opportunities for everyone to work with and experience being around animals in a nurturing and friendly environment. I particularly enjoy seeing our visitors interacting with the animals, forming new friendships and taking responsibility to look after them, which gives the visitors a real sense of pride. Financial support from the VINCI UK Foundation, as well as the time offered by our Actemium sponsor, will help us to offer an even better experience, through the creation of a disability-friendly sensory garden, fruit and vegetable garden and new toilet facilities

Lucy Wheeler Founder, Serenity Farm

Through the Foundation, all VINCI’s employees, from apprentices to senior management, can use their experience and skills to benefit their local communities.

Businesses supporting the Foundation include VINCI Energies UK & ROI, VINCI Construction UK, VINCI Concessions, Eurovia, Bachy Soletanche, VINCI Construction Grands Projects, Nuvia and Freyssinet.

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About the VINCI UK Foundation

Full details on the projects receiving support are available on request. For further information and to get involved, please visit the VINCI UK Foundation website:

VINCI companies in the UK are committed to supporting the communities in which they work. The VINCI UK Foundation is part of that commitment.

The Foundation will be sponsoring 24 charities’ projects for a total of £207,000. Individual grants range from £3,000 to nearly £18,000.

The original VINCI Foundation was established in France in May 2002 and since then has supported more than 2,500 projects, each receiving an average grant of £10,000 and the support of up to four employees. The Foundation distributes over £3.3 million globally to good causes every year.

Businesses supporting the Foundation include VINCI Construction UK, VINCI Energies UK & ROI, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, Eurovia, Bachy Soletanche, Freyssinet, VINCI Concessions and Nuvia.

Like the original VINCI Foundation, the VINCI UK Foundation will enable our employees to become personally involved in initiatives by using their experience and skills to benefit the local community. The goal is to provide fresh opportunities for people suffering social exclusion by fostering community integration and strengthening social cohesion. This will be achieved thanks to employees’ involvement and the financial help granted by the VINCI UK Foundation.

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About Actemium

Actemium, a key player in the transformation to a smarter industry, is the VINCI Energies brand dedicated to industrial processes.

Focusing on a continuous optimisation of performance, Actemium accompanies customers in a smooth way into the new industrial era.

The network, comprising more than 350 innovative & agile business units’ specialised by market segment, enables a customised approach, presenting multi-technical, multi-site and multi-country solutions.

Operating throughout the entire industrial life cycle, from design up to and including maintenance, Actemium innovates in order to support the long-term development of industrial customers, in a sustainable way.

€2.5 billion revenue // 20,000 employees / 350 business units / 40 countries

About Serenity Farm

Serenity Farm, based near Stoke-on-Trent, is a farm which offers people with learning disabilities and marginalised people the chance to take care of animals and experience farm life. Founded by Lucy Wheeler, after she realised the lack of opportunities for many people to experience the therapeutic benefits of working with animals, it has already attracted substantial interest and support from the community.

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