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Changing lives through horses 

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Littlebourne Farm Equestrian Centre are proud to be an official Changing Lives through Horses centre partner. We deliver
The British Horse Society (BHS) programme which aims to improve the lives of disengaged young people who, for various reasons, are at risk of becoming excluded.

The programme gives young people, regardless of their background, the opportunity to develop their skills enabling them to return to education and/or employment.

To find out more about how the programme is transforming lives and how you can get involved, visit the BHS website.

You can make a donation towards this life-changing programme and help more young people on JustGiving.

Nearly one in ten 16-18 year olds are not in education, employment or training (NEET), while one in four young people struggle with low self-esteem, wellbeing and mental health problems.

Changing Lives through Horses has the potential to reach these people at a critical point in their lives.

Using horses as the inspiration for change, the programme provides an alternative learning environment to mainstream education. The skills developed through the programme meet the requirements of ongoing education and training, employers and participants.

The programme works to develop six key life skills through equestrian activity: Communication, Confidence, Relationships, Teamwork, Responsibility, Personal Achievement.

The framework of activity we have developed is called the BHS Achieve Awards and includes 10 stable management awards and six riding awards. There are also a range of BHS Achieve Skills. The BHS Achieve Skills are activities that can be carried out in the wider equestrian environment, such as wildlife awareness, photography or fix it awards. 

With the horse at the core of the learning environment, young people develop a variety of life skills ranging from everyday communication through to teamwork and understanding responsibility.

Visit The British Horse Society website to find out how the programme is making a difference, and how you can support it.

If you’d like to access the programme or become a referral partner, get in touch with the BHS’s Programme Manager.

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