Building an Equine Therapy Centre for London

by Strength & Learning Through Horses in Barnet, Greater London, United Kingdom

Total raised £4,396

 
Gift Aid
+ est. £931.50
£150,000 target 26 days left
2% 68 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 7th September 2022 at 3:34pm

Help us secure the future of our equine therapy centre which helps hundreds of vulnerable young people every year.

by Strength and Learning Through Horses in Barnet, Greater London, United Kingdom

Who are we and what do we do?

Strength and Learning Through Horses is an equine therapy charity working with over 500 of London's most disadvantaged young people each year, helping them to turn their lives around through working with our horses and specialist staff team.

  • Over 50% of our young people have required interventions to protect them from harm.
  • 53% need support to manage in school
  • The majority of our therapy clients refuse to engage in traditional talking therapies but respond to our therapists because of the horses

We have been inundated with referrals since the Covid pandemic as young people find themselves socially isolated, struggling in school and experiencing complex mental health difficulties.

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The Problem

The lease on our current site which has been our home for the past 10 years has come to an end.  Thankfully we have found a new home but the whole site is derelict and unsafe for use.

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The Solution

We need to raise £150,000 in donations to build our new home and safeguard the future of the charity, the horses and the young people we help. The new stables will give us a secure home for the next 25 years and allow us to increase our capacity, reaching an estimated 1,000 young people per year. 

Our young people have experienced unimaginable hardship and life challenges and as a result feel unable to trust and engage with traditional support services. We don't want to have to close our doors to the young people who need us.

"I don't even want to think about what I'd do without this place. It saves my life every week and is the only thing that gets me out of bed and makes me think I have value" - Young Person

With 30 acres of land, we are looking to create a community asset in Barnet and partner with other community groups to run rewilding and outdoor education projects, such as woodland schools and outdoor activity groups. Our vision is to create a community hub which allows access to the healing power of nature for as many local residents as possible.

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Our Mission

To reach children and young people with complex mental health and/or learning disabilities. Many come from deprived inner-city areas and have often experienced abuse and violence which has affected their ability to take part in education or work and many experience social exclusion and isolation

Our staff team is a dynamic mix of equine specialists, clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, education professionals and dedicated volunteers. Often the horses will help clients engage and reconnect with each other, specialists at the centre and in time others in their social world. 

WE SUPPORT YOUNG PEOPLE TO RECONNECT WITH THE OUTDOORS, FIND THEIR OWN UNIQUE QUALITIES AND TO FEEL VALUED. OUR CLIENTS & HORSES TEACH EACH OTHER ABOUT RESPECT AND UNDERSTANDING

 
https://www.barnetsociety.org.uk/dollis-valley-green-belt-to-offer-new-home-to-charity-using-horses-to-help-troubled-youngsters

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£50 or more

Personalised dedication on a dedication board

All donors making donations over £50 will be honoured with a permanent dedication on a dedication board at the new site. When you make your donation please let us know what you would like the dedication to say either on crowdfunder or by email: [email protected]

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