|EAQ Banbury Hill Equine Assisted Learning
Banbury Hill, New Road, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 2HF
About EAQ Banbury Hill Equine Assisted Learning
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:
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.
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.
“The change in S has been amazing, he doesn’t want to come home - and I love it here too!” T, S’s Mum