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EAQ Banbury Hill Equine Assisted Learning
Banbury Hill, New Road, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 2HF
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Jan Matthews
07979 217522
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www.banburyhilllearningcentre.co.uk

About EAQ Banbury Hill Equine Assisted Learning
EAQ Banbury Hill Equine Assisted Learning is a not-for-profit organisation based on a 7 acre site beside an old Roman Hill Fort near Sturminster Newton in North Dorset. 

There are lots of things to do on the site for people of all ages, from helping with the ponies to digging the vegetable plot or planting seeds in the polytunnel and the greenhouse. There is also a small pond that needs renovating and a wonderful view to sit and admire!

A mobile home provides a ‘classroom’ and space to work when the weather is too wet or cold to be outside.

EAQ Banbury Hill offers sessions for children, young people and adults and is a place where people can be at one with nature, develop their self-confidence and explore communication skills through interaction on the ground with ponies and the natural environment.

The centre offers equine assisted learning and outdoor activities in the natural environment for children, young people and adults.

Bespoke sessions and nationally-recognised qualifications are available for:

  • children from the local schools who need to increase their self confidence and self esteem
  • those with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties;
  • young people on the autism spectrum or with ADHD;
  • children and young people who have been excluded or are close to exclusion from school
  • carers - young and older
  • parents and foster carers
  • adults in recovery from addiction
  • people with mental ill-health
  • people with learning difficulties
  • those wishing to learn more about horse awareness and develop their skills in natural horsemanship.

There is a highly successful maths programme for individuals or small groups of children aged 8-13 who are under-achieving at school and a pre-GCSE maths group to support understanding for 14-16 year olds.

Outdoor activities are available throughout the summer holidays with pony picnics, den-building, outdoor cooking, bonfires, and arts and crafts which all form part of the week-long programme.

For adults there is ‘Green Therapy’, ‘Mindfulness’ and ‘Walking for Wellness’ aimed at improving well-being for people with mental ill-health, dementia, low self-esteem, learning difficulties, those who are caring for others or who have a life-limiting diagnosis. It is open to anyone who would like to spend time in the peace and quiet of this stunning natural environment.

'Volunteer Sunday' at EAQ Banbury Hill is open to anyone from the local community who would like to get involved with the centre by offering their time to plant vegetables or look after the ponies.  EAQ Banbury Hill is an EAQ Approved Centre and as such is able to offer accredited OCNLR units and qualifications at Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2 including functional skills, employability and animal care.

The centre has a team of trained faciliators and professionals including teachers, counsellors and therapists who are on hand to support learners who attend. The specialist staff team are able to provide therapy, counselling and are able to deliver all aspects of the curriuculum including maths, english and information communication technology, art, history, geography and science.



 

Specialisms:

  • school pupils
  • out of school tuition for young people
  • elderly
  • people with dementia / Alzheimer’s
  • autism spectrum conditions (ASD / ASC)
  • learning difficulties
  • mental ill-health
  • depression
  • in recovery from addiction / substance misuse
  • unemployed
  • economically inactive
  • adult learners.
Accreditations:

Banbury Hill is an EAQ Approved Centre and as such is able to offer nationally-recognised qualifications from OCNLR in a range of subjects including employability, animal care, horticulture and functional skills. 

Testimonials:
“I have taken part in my school sports day and won a prize for maths since coming on the maths course at Banbury.” J aged 12.

“The change in S has been amazing, he doesn’t want to come home - and I love it here too!” T, S’s Mum

 

 
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Bodster Equine Assisted Learning C.I.C.
Sandford Farm, Gore Lane, Shanklin Road, Sandford, Godshill. PO38 3EX
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Jo and Giles Boddington
01983 854858 or 07887876138
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www.eaqbodster.co.uk

About Bodster EAQ Approved Equine Assisted Learning CIC

Bodster Equine Assisted Learning CIC is an award winning centre which was set up on the Isle of Wight by Jo and Giles Boddington in September 2011. They have four ponies and one horse and have recently moved so that their herd now lives out 24:7. There is a mobile home which acts as an office and classroom for learners and an indoor barn which can be used for sessions if the weather is inclement.

Bodster offers sessions where people can develop self-confidence and explore communication skills through interaction on the ground with ponies. There is no riding involved.

Sessions with the ponies help learners to understand how ponies communicate with each other and learners also develop key skills such as english and maths. They are able to develop soft skills such as problem solving, team work, self-awareness and self-esteem in a calm and unique setting.

Bodster works with a variety of learners, some through local schools, individual referrals, older learners and some learners through the 'Short Breaks' system on the Island.

The youngest learning is aged just 5 years years old and the oldest at present is 89 years old.

Jo Boddington is an EAQ Certified Facilitator and runs the centre with her husband, Giles Boddington.

Jo trained in 2011 and has achieved her Level 3 EAQ Facilitator qualification and has her BA (Hons), PGCE, Registered BHSAI, NVQ Level 1+ 2 in Horse Care Assessor, NVQ Level 3 Health and Social Care and First Aid at Work.

Giles holds the Professional Certificate in Education, NVQ Level 3 Health and Social Care, ASET Level 2 Certificate in Health & Safety in the Workplace, First Aid at Work and is an assistant equine assisted learning facilitator.

Specialisms:

  • children and adults
  • out of school tuition for young people
  • elderly
  • people with dementia
  • mental ill-health
  • depression
  • adult learners
  • and also people wanting to know about how to communicate with horses using natural horsemanship.
Accreditations:

Bodster is able to offer offer nationally-recognised qualifications at Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2 through EAQ's accreditation with OCNLR including employability, animal care and functional skills in maths and english.

Testimonials:

“I suffer from anxiety and when I first came here I kept my hood up and my head down. I didn’t speak to anyone. I enjoyed the sessions but I was still anxious before I went. I don’t get anxious anymore, just excited.” Learner from ‘Developing Confidence and Self-Awareness’ course which is run weekly.

“She is really enjoying her sessions with you. She is in a much healthier place mentally from this time a year ago. My daughter has Asperger’s and the benefits of her sessions at Bodster have become clear over the weeks, in particular in building areas such as her self-confidence and her interactions with people such as yourselves will undoubtedly remain with her for her lifetime.” Nerissa,
Mother of a girl with Aspergers who came for a 10 week course in 2014

“ Met the beautiful ponies today and loved it, I shall be spending lots of time with them in the coming weeks. If you get a chance please do check out Bodster Equine Assisted Learning C.I.C. Wonderful Place, people and ponies.” Gina Stelliana,
Mum on “Mum’s Course – Isle be Active”- 19.10.2015 

 
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EAQ Dyfi Donkeys Equine Assisted Learning
Machynlleth, Powys

Contact:        Louise Peeters
Telephone:    07717 020344
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Website:       www.dyfidonkeys.blogspot.com
 
     
   

About EAQ Dyfi Donkeys Equine Assisted Learning

EAQ Dyfi Donkeys is situtated in a rural location at Commins Coch near Machynlleth and serves the communities in North Powys, North East Ceredigion and South Gwynedd, Wales.

The centre offers equine assisted learning with 11 donkeys ranging in age from 4 to 25 of all sizes and colours. They live together on 45 acres of mixed pasture, paddocks and woodlands.

The donkeys have access to covered sheds and a stable yard which is ideal for sessions during inclement weather. There is also a large canopied outdoor classroom located in the woodland which is used in the summertime and a 20x40m sand school.

The centre specialises in working with children, young people and adults with learning and behavioural difficulties as well as adults with mental ill-health.

Louise Peeters runs the centre and completed her facilitator training in 2017 and is an EAQ Certified Facilitator. Louise speaks Welsh as well as English and can provide equine assisted learning sessions in either language.

Specialisms:

The centre has staff who are able to work with learners in Welsh or English and specialises in working with children, young people and adults with learning and behavioural difficulties as well as adults with mental ill-health.
 
Accreditations:

EAQ Dyfi Donkeys is able to offer national qualifications at Entry 3 and Level 1 in a range of subjects including employability and animal care through EAQ’s accreditation with OCNLR.

Testimonials:

“Louise held a friendly relaxed space with a real openness to allow us to just try things out and experiment." J.

 
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Cambridgeshire Equine Assisted Learning
Twentypence Road, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire CB24 8PP
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Sophie Keene
07920 804907
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http://www.cambridgeeal.co.uk

About Cambridgeshire Equine Assisted Learning

Cambridgeshire Equine Assisted Learning (CEAL) is based at Cottenham near Cambridge and has been running since 2015. It offers sessions for children and young people who are finding school difficult or not attending traditional education.

There are horses and ponies in an outdoor environment. The ‘classroom’ is a converted stable and there is an orchard to explore too. There is no riding involved.

One of the learners has been working on a ‘duck-house’ project. He has built a duck house and fenced off an area for the ducks! This is all part of the learner-centred approach adopted by the staff at the centre.

CEAL offers equine assisted learning mainly for children and young people who are excluded or close to exclusion from school.

Sessions are tailored to meet the needs of each individual and the staff use a person-centred approach which enables each person to develop their own skills in their own way and at their own pace.

The centre is run by Sophie Keene, who completed her initial EAQ Facilitator Training in 2015 and in 2017 became one of the first in the UK to complete the Level 4 Certificate in Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning and gain her EAQ Advanced Facilitator status. She is supported by a team of EAQ-trained facilitators who are on hand to support learners who attend.

CEAL is an EAQ Approved Centre and as such is able to offer accredited OCNLR units and qualifications at Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2 including functional skills, employability and animal care. 

Specialisms:

​​​​​​Children and young people with:
  • dyslexia 
  • social, emotional and behavioural difficulties 
  • low self esteem and self confidence 
  • autism spectrum conditions 
  • ADHD 
  • learning difficulties 
  • and those who are out of school for any reason or at risk of exclusion.
Accreditations:

Out of school tuition is delivered here through EAQ's approved provider status and accreditation with Cambridgeshire County Council. Learners are also able to access qualifications through EAQ's accreditation with OCNLR.

Testimonials:
"Thank YOU for yesterday. I think it became clear that there are still some strategies and changes to be made in supporting X in mainstream. Your input was so so helpful and enlightening." 

"We are seeing the changes in school. When he is exposed to events that don't go his way, he is managing it."


 

 
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Foxdale Equine Assisted Learning (FEAL) CIC
Foxdale, Mill Lane, Oasby, Lincolnshire, NG32 3ND
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Tracy Wilson
07980 783321 or 01529 455656
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About Foxdale Equine Assisted Learning (FEAL) CIC

Foxdale Equine Assisted Learning CIC (FEAL) opened in May 2014 in the small rural village of Oasby in  Lincolnshire.
The centre is set in a peaceful, natural environment with an abundance of wild life, a wooded area and an eco pond.  There is a kitchen area and an undercover area for working in along with four horses, which live out all year round in a spacious, six-acre paddock.

FEAL works mainly with people living with dementia, users of mental health services, people with disabilities, people living with brain injuries and children with developmental delays. Our client groups are of all ages ranging from 5 years to 101. 

Tracy Wilson, a registered and qualified Family Social Worker who qualified as an EAQ Certified Facilitator in 2013.

Specialisms:

​​​​​​FEAL specialises in working with people living with dementia, young people using mental health services, people living with brain injuries and or serious illness. 
 
Accreditations:

Foxdale is able to offer qualifications through EAQ's accreditation with OCNLR including animal care and employability.

Testimonials:

"Thank you to the team at FEAL for welcoming us from the Dementia Support South Lincs and The Square Hole Club, enjoyable as ever. Look forward to our next visit to your lovely centre. Certainly get a great deal out of the time spent with you."

"All of the young people, who were fortunate enough to take part in the FEAL equine project, had their own personal experiences of horse interaction. Every young person was provided with an opportunity to observe and/or interact with horses in a safe and carefully supported environment."

"My understanding of our young people’s difficulties was certainly enhanced, through their interactions with the horses at FEAL. The differences between how horses were approached, how their behaviours were interpreted all increased my insight into how our young people perceive themselves and the world around them."

"Equine therapy at Foxdale made a massive difference to me. It was my highlight of the week and something that I always looked forward to. Most importantly equine at Foxdale gave me something to work towards by keeping myself safe each week. Also after every session I felt more relaxed and less anxious due to the horses, the environment and the people. It is really hard to try and put into words how much I have taken from equine therapy at Foxdale. It has improved my confidence, helped me realise my love for horses, helped me to socialise, helped me to open up and begin letting out emotions, let me have experiences and opportunities I would never have ordinarily had and most importantly has made me happy in so many ways."

 

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