The latest projects we have helped with:
Providing Play Therapy support through First Light South West in Plymouth, to children and young people with learning difficulties who have been victims of sexual violence. This project run over three years will help 90 children rebuild their lives.
In Exeter we have given funding to two organisations, The Northcott Theatre for a project working with 20 children from Whipton Barton Primary school who are defined as in Need or at risk or becoming so. Double Elephant Print Workshop in partnership with East Devon AONB towards their project helping children with disabilities develop new creative skills through nature.
In Ashprington, we have given funding to The Sharpham Trust in partnership with King Edward VI Community College Totnes towards developing a Mindful in Nature project. The aim is to help 36 young people over the course of a year from key stage 3, 4 and 5. Many of the young people have been experiencing mental health concerns.
Funding has been granted to Tiverton based BOUNCE! Brighter Futures Foundation towards child therapists working with creative arts helping circa 250 children directly and 600 indirectly with mental health issues.
Enabling Ivybridge based Moorvision who support visually impaired children and young people, to take a group of these children on an adventure activity weekend at Skern Lodge in Appledore.
Shebbear School Support Group, Beaworthy to develop an outside area to provide physical and sensory stimulation for 30 children aged 4 – 6 who have lost out on many days of schooling during the pandemic.
Amongst the most recent grants were funding to provide weekly extra-curricular sessions for children with special needs at the Marine Academy in Plymouth and towards providing music therapy for 500 children at Ernesettle Primary School, also in the city. Okehampton Community Dance Project have been given funding for dance sessions for 84 children to help with mental and physical wellbeing.
New accessible kitchen for young residents
WESC Foundation has recently opened a new adapted kitchen for students with vision impairment and complex needs, thanks to a generous donation from the Northbrook Community Trust.
The grant has meant that young people at the Exeter charity are now able to access height adjustable worktops, cooker-tops and kitchen sinks in their shared accommodation. The new facilities mean that more of the young residents – who all attend the charity’s specialist College – can now develop essential independent living skills that will stand them in good stead for later life. It’s also a practical space used for socialising and preparing and eating food in a busy home from home.
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Devon-based organisation Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship have recently celebrated receiving grants to help support their work with disadvantaged and vulnerable young people.
Hannah Burgon, co-director, said: “We are hugely grateful for these grants which will enable us to provide more courses and horsemanship sessions to young people this coming year.” Now in their third year, Sirona help over 150 participants a year from their centre based in the grounds of the charity Hannah’s at Seale Hayne, near Newton Abbot. Last year they introduced the Level 1 Horse Care course in partnership with Duchy College which the new grants will help to support.
Di Gammage, psychotherapist and co-director, explained:
“Many of the young people who attend Sirona struggle in school for one reason or another, some are fostered or adopted and have had a difficult start in life meaning that they find it difficult to make friends and settle at school. By learning to look after horses and building friendships with them they are then able to start to transfer some of these new found skills and benefits back into their lives.”
Sirona is offering several new courses this year for people interested in finding out more about equine-assisted learning and therapy at Sirona. These include ‘Mindfulness and Horses’ which incorporates some of the mindfulness techniques they use at Sirona as well as a week long ‘Equidramatherapy’ summer course where art and drama activities are included alongside learning with the horses and proved highly popular with young people last year.
Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship hold open days from time to time where members of the horse and human team will be on hand to meet the public and answer any questions. For more information please visit their website.