Help Save Stable Life

by Stable Life in Selkirk, Scottish Borders, United Kingdom

Help Save Stable Life

Total raised £41,681

raised so far

+ est. £2610.00 Gift Aid

231

supporters

We are currently Crowdfunding to raise £40,000 in order to be able to keep up the vital work we do in the community through the winter

by Stable Life in Selkirk, Scottish Borders, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 10th November 2022 we'd raised £40,294 with 222 supporters in 56 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

The extra money will help us cover our running costs without reducing our services and ensuring that our young people can access our service when required.


Stable Life supports disadvantaged young people and their families who live in the Scottish Borders and who are experiencing personal challenges. Based at Dryden Farm, Ashkirk we utilise Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT), where working together, using the horse and its environment, we create the opportunity for young people to discover a sense of self, build resilience and learn transferable life skills. In doing so we empower our young people to look forward to a happy and healthy future where their contributions will be valued and their dreams and aspirations achieved.

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Our overarching aim is to “work together to make a difference” We offer a calm, safe and caring environment where young people feel able to engage and share. We build trusting and respectful relationships so young people are better able to reflect on their current situation and develop positive coping strategies.

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The difference we make

For some extremely vulnerable young people, working with the horse is the only motivating factor in their life and therefore is the only effective vehicle on which to build a more positive future. Over the last 5 years we have engaged with over 562 young people and we can say that:

  • All have developed life skills and shown an improvement in resilience
  • More than 85% showed increased self-confidence and self-belief
  • 84% have improved relationships
  • 49 young people have became volunteers
  • 43 secured college placements

Feedback we receive also evidences the difference we can make:

"Thank you so very much, you have completely turned her around, it is fantastic the work you do."

“H has found a renewed confidence since attending Stable Life, she has thrived, her life had become so difficult with so much confusion, pain and anger, she was lost”

"Stable Life is the best thing I have ever done"

Our Problem

The work we do has a real impact and post Covid Stable Life is needed more than ever. Before Covid we were working with children between 10 and 18 years old, but now we are being asked to support youngsters as young as five. We are also seeing an increase in referrals for young people with increased levels of anxiety, struggling at school or non-attendance.

Up until this year we thrived thanks to a combination of our commercial riding school, grant applications, council funding, and donations but funding sources have dried up post-Covid, and we anticipate a long hard winter through which we need to keep our ponies safe, fed and healthy so we can provide our services.

 You can help us 

This Crowdfunder will hopefully provide some help from the community to enable us to continue to support young people who are referred to us in distress.

More fundraising will follow next year as we aim to raise £200k by April 2024 through a combination of grants, fundraising and sponsorship, with the ultimate aim of futureproofing the organisation for decades to come.  

With everybody’s support we know we can stay the course and come out even stronger and help change the lives of our young people.

Rewards

This project offered rewards

£10 or more

£10 Reward - Voucher for Spillers Horse Feed

A £10 Voucher for use against any 15kg, 20kg or 25kg of Spillers Horse Feed. Valid until 31st March 2023

£10 or more

£10 Reward - Teeny Walker Session

Teeny Walker session suitable for ages 2-4. Includes a 15 minute walk on a pony around the farm or in the arena depending on the weather. Valid until 1st September 2023.

£15 or more

£15 Reward - Tiny Trotters Session

Tiny Trotters session suitable for ages 4-6. 30 minutes - includes learning to groom the ponies and a ride around the farm or in the arena depending on the weather. Valid until 1st September 2023.

£15 or more

£15 Reward - Stable Door Plate

Buy a stable door plate for one of our lovely ponies.

£20 or more

£20 Reward - Beginner's Lesson

Half hour beginner's lesson with one of our lovely Instructors. Valid until 1st September 2023.

£30 or more

£30 Reward - Private Riding Lesson

One private riding lesson with Carra our BHS Registered Coach. Valid untill 1st September 2023.

£40 or more

£40 Reward Sponsor a Pony

Sponsor one of our lovely ponies for a year. Includes a certificate, photograph and a visit to the yard to meet your pony.

£60 or more

£60 Reward - Adult Hack

One hour hack for two adults over the rolling hills of the Borders on our safe schooled horses. Valid until 1st September 2023

£80 or more

£80 Reward - 10 x Teeny Walker Sessions

10 x Teeny Walker sessions suitable for ages 2-4. Includes a 15 minute walk on a pony around the farm or in the arena depending on the weather. Valid until 1st September 2023.

£100 or more

£100 Reward - Will Young Tickets

Two tickets to any of the Will Young Concerts between 12th October and 10th November - various locations around the country (excluding London)

£100 or more

£100 Reward - Family Hack for 4

Half hour hack for a family of 4 (2 Adults/2 Children or 1Adult/3 Children) over the rolling hills of the Borders on our safe schooled horses. Valid until 1st September 2023.

£140 or more

£140 Reward - 10 X Tiny Trotter Sessions

10 x Tiny Trotters sessions suitable for ages 4-6. 30 minutes - includes learning to groom the ponies and a ride around the farm or in the arena depending on the weather. Valid until 1st September 2023.

£150 or more

£150 Reward - Pony Birthday Party

Children's Birthday Party for the Birthday child and 5 of their friends at Stable Life which consist of grooming, riding and games and can be tailored to the ability of the group. Every child will receive a rosette. You can bring your own food and set this up in the our beautifully equipped multi-purpose log cabin. Valid until 1st September 2023.

£180 or more

£180 Reward - 10 x Beginner's Lessons

10 x Half hour beginner's lessons with one of our lovely Instructors. Valid until 1st September 2023.

£1,000 or more

£1000 Reward - Corporate Sponsor of a Pony

Corporate sponsor of one of our lovely ponies. Includes a certificate, photograph, visit to the yard to meet your pony, advertising board in our Indoor Riding School (Board size approx. 1250 X 600mm) stable door plaque with company name on it, acknowledgement on our social media and website.

£10 or more

£10 Reward - Paddle Boarding or Kayaking

Voucher for 1 hour Paddle Boarding or Kayaking at St Mary's Loch with Kayak & Sup Hire & Sales. Voucher valid to 20th September 2023

£20 or more

£20 Reward - Horse Hair from Claire Voucher

A £20 voucher from Horse Hair from Claire - Unique Horse Hair Jewellery & Accessories - Bespoke Sterling silver jewellery made to incorporate your beloved horse’s hair. Valid till January 2023.

£60 or more

£60 Reward - Afternoon Tea for Two at the SCHLOSS

Afternoon tea for two at the SCHLOSS Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course, Heiton by Kelso. Valid until October 2023.

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