A child with special needs is a family with special needs. The impact on families with special needs is very serious, with over 60% of marriages ending in divorce due to the stresses and strains of living with disability. The extra pressure on siblings is immense. However, the opportunities in these families are also great, for compassion, understanding and support. We run an innovative programme of equine assisted learning, where young people with special needs and their families work with horses supporting their relationships, emotional and social development.
To be able to continue to support these families we must do essential groundwork to improve the sloped track to the school. This is uneven, stony and floods easily creating deep mud that makes the school inaccessible to our learners. We also need to create a path to link all the centre’s facilities in a safe and accessible way, particularly for students who are wheelchair bound, sight impaired or have difficulty walking. We have been doing this for 7 years, and in that time we have trained numerous young people with a broad range of disabilities, and given them a better chance in life, emotionally, socially and with work based skills. Now we need help.
At a time when cuts to services are devastating vulnerable families, we are seeking to support them through art, creativity and equine therapy. Please support us, and them.