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Ponies Empowering Mental health in the Community

by Jo Boddington in Sandford, England, United Kingdom


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This project will only be funded if at least £5,000 is pledged by April 21st 2020 at 12:00am

To run a user led support group encouraging social inclusion of marginalized people on Isle of Wight to improve physical + mental well-being

by Jo Boddington in Sandford, England, United Kingdom

  To empower people with mental health issues/ depression to lead sessions as peer mentors to other learners and  carers, parents and family and help them regain self-confidence re-engaging them into society enabling them to feel they are giving something back to society by the contribution they make. They will also be trained in and achieve a Level 1 NOCN qualification called, “ Improving Assertiveness and Decision Making.” where they would look at aspects such as :- contributing to discussions, understanding how to be assertive and negotiation skills which will hopefully help change their view of education and help them feel more able to enter employment locally after course completion. Below is an example of the sort of things we do on the isle of Wight

Project Plan 

To train 8 learners (with mental health /depression issues themselves) to become Peer Mentors to 10 new learners.

        These 8 learners will complete an NOCN level 1 accredited course called, “ Improving Assertiveness and  

         Decision Making.” where they would look at aspects such as :- contributing to discussions, understanding how to be assertive and negotiation skills. 

         The 8 learners will then join some group sessions to work with other learners at Bodster alongside carers, parents and family of those with mental health issues through nature sessions and develop a “Sensory Garden.” The group  work and team building sessions will help them become more self-sufficient and involved in their own “recovery” through support from those around them. These 8 learners will run 4 open days where local organisations and the public are invited to explore what Bodster CIC does and raise awareness of the value of community led “recovery”. 

The project will include developing our facilities to make them more accessible to learners with physical issues.

Bodster CIC testimonial – from a learner who took part in our “Developing Confidence” OCN Level 1 course.

“I would recommend Bodsters to anyone who is struggling. Jo and Giles have created a supportive atmosphere where you are encouraged to challenge yourself (gently) and then recognise your achievement – which really helps to build confidence. The ponies (and Spenny the horse) are so gentle and really help you to regulate your energy and to relax. You will be encouraged to gradually start to challenge your thought patterns and to shed any negativity you are holding onto. When I first arrived at the, by the way stunningly beautiful, site I felt absolutely directionless and my confidence was as low as it’s been but I am leaving with much more clarity and starting to feel like me again.” 

By Learner K


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Free 1/2 hr session at bodster CIC

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