Wiltshire Equine Assisted Learning
The Street, Broughton Gifford, Nr Melksham, SN12 8PS
Heather Watson
07888 678239
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About Wiltshire Equine Assisted Learning

The centre has two EAQ Certified Facilitators, Heather and Alison as well as Sophie who is a trained teacher and horticulture specialist who supports the work with the learners.

Heather founded Wilts EAL in 2011. She is a Registered Nurse with over 25 years experience and has a background of supporting people through life threatening illness and offering psychological support to individuals and their families facing difficult times. She also has extensive experience in designing, teaching and evaluating training programmes and is an assessor and internal verifier for further education qualifications.

Alison has worked with children in a professional and voluntary capacity for many years, and has now been involved with Wiltshire Equine Assisted Learning for over five years. She is a passionate advocate of the value of equine assisted learning to individuals and their families, having experienced the benefits first hand.

As well as a Master's Degree, Alison holds a teaching qualification and is first aid trained. Alison is currently undertaking some counselling training which helps her support and guide the therapeutic interactions that the learners have with the animals.

Sophie joined the centre in April 2017 and has a background in horticulture as well as life long experience and knowledge of horses so she brings lots of skills and ideas to the service. She is a qualified teacher and worked previously as a lecturer in horticulture at Lackham College for many years. 

Wiltshire Equine Assisted Learning is a not for profit organisation which offers people the opportunity to engage in learning through participating in activities with horses.  The centre is based between Trowbridge and Melksham in the heart of West Wiltshire and offers a warm and friendly welcome, highly qualified facilitators and a beautiful countryside environment to experience this unique way to learn.

There is a small herd of ponies as well as guinea pigs, dogs and other animals.

The centre works with people of all ages and all abilities although the majority of learners are school-age.  There is no riding involved and you don’t need to know anything about horses to take part.


The centre specialises in working with children and young people who have difficulties in traditional school environments, particularly those with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and children who are looked-after.


Through EAQ’s external accreditations including IiP and OCNLR and also accredited by Wiltshire County Council to offer personalised learning services for those needing alternative education.



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