The children who are referred to our Youth Development Programme are among the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our community. They are young people in mental health crisis for whom all other forms of intervention have been unable to help. Their absence of positive connection to who they are, the world around them and others leads to a great sense of loneliness, lack of self-worth and an inability to form positive relationships. We empower these young people to develop social and communication skills through learning how to build a relationship with a horse. Through this, they make positive changes in the way they communicate and find mental, emotional and physical balance. Young people are usually referred for 6 initial sessions. Our own grant funding, the child’s school or the local council funds this. In 90% of cases, Think Like a Pony helps the young person to make positive changes in all areas of life including at home, school and with peers. Our students have extremely complex needs and require ongoing access to our service. Our staff and other key professionals in these young people's lives work incredibly hard to secure funding to enable long-term intervention. This is not always possible as lack of funding and social disadvantage can mean even the most in need children are restricted from access to the service. In cases where children lose access to the service at a critical time, they suffer a huge sense of abandonment and loss. They are unable to continue to grow personally and academically without adequate support. This leads to a significantly increased risk of negative outcomes such as exclusion from school, mental health breakdown and family breakdown. These young people are in critical need of funding which allows them ongoing access to the intervention. This year alone, we have secured funding for over 100 young people who need access to the programme. However, we have 9 young people whose intervention has been stopped at a critical time due to lack of funding. This pot of funding will mean that we can ensure that no child is left without funding at a critical moment.