Council Chairman and England Rugby player open charity classroom
Councillor Neil Butters, Chairman of Bath & North East Somerset Council (B&NES) and Lee Mears, former Bath and England Rugby Player were invited to animal welfare charity HorseWorld on Tuesday 24th September to unveil a new Classroom, and Boot Room for HorseWorld’s Discovery courses thanks to a grant from the children’s charity, Wooden Spoon.
HorseWorld launched their Discovery courses four years ago bringing rescued horses together with young people to promote emotional growth and learning. The programme is aimed at children and youths aged 6 to 19 who may be outside mainstream schooling due to learning disabilities or behavioural, social and emotional difficulties or may be at risk of under-achieving. Many, but by no means all, may come from dysfunctional and chaotic backgrounds. Discovery can have particular benefits for young people within the autistic spectrum and those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Over 400 students have undertaken the 6 to 12 week educational programme. For these troubled and vulnerable youngsters, the course uses interactive sessions with horses that enhances levels of self-confidence and concentration, communication and team-building skills . Many of these young people have been able to return to mainstream schooling after attending the Discovery programme, or have gone on to college courses; something which would previously have been out of the question for them.
The Bristol & Bath region of Wooden Spoon provided a grant of £11,000 to Bristol-based Horseworld Trust to enable the conversion and refurbishment of two existing stables into a classroom and boot room at the charity’s welfare department in Whitchurch. Referred to as the children’s charity of rugby, Wooden Spoon fundraise for local projects that will make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people.
Discovery course leader, Sharon Howell explains what this will mean to the charity. “We are so grateful to Wooden Spoon. These facilities will help the students to adapt what they learn on the yard to a positive educational experience in casual but welcoming surroundings.”
Article by: Amy Williams
Posted on: 27th September 2013