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.