Providing opportunities for disadvantaged children
Ebony Horse Club, a charity that helps to improve the life skills, education and aspirations of some of South London’s most disadvantaged children and young people, has received funds from the Axis Foundation to run a horse riding project in Brixton.
The horse riding programme will target social housing residents from three major boroughs; Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth, providing an opportunity for children between 8 and 16 years old to experience an activity rarely available in inner-city areas.
“We know from the success of two pilot projects that there is a strong and consistent interest in horse riding from children living in these communities” explained Neighbourhood Investment Officer, Maud Gambier-Ellis. “Unfortunately very few families in social housing can afford to access this type of activity for their children, so they miss out”.
The award winning charity has over 16 years experience working with children from disadvantaged backgrounds and has recently opened new stables right at the centre of Loughborough in Brixton (Lambeth), one of the most deprived wards in the country.
Funding from the Axis Foundation and other partners will pay for 72 children to take part in a two day horse riding introduction course held during the summer holidays. Keen riders will then be given the opportunity to take part in a six week follow-on programme, also covered by the donations.
There will also be the opportunity for children to be integrated into the club and benefit from the many other educational activities on offer including; educational visits, residential trips, volunteering and training as a youth worker, being sponsored for equestrian studies.
Axis Foundation Trustee, John Hayes said “we’re happy to support a cause that provides children with limited opportunities the ability to gain new experiences and skills, in this case the basics of horse riding and caring for animals. But that will also help with the wider development of their listening, communication and team working skills”.