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Disabled Riding Therapy Programme

Partner: Vauxhall City Farm
Project: Disabled Riding Therapy Programme

A riding therapy programme has received £5,000 from the Axis Foundation to part fund the service they offer to disabled children and young people.

The programme at Vauxhall City Farm is able to provide therapy tailored to the individual needs of each child and their disability, from contact with the horses, stroking and grooming, through to assisted riding with qualified instructors.

Many of the carers and parents of children who’ve benefitted from the programme have noted a distinct improvement in their ability to communicate and acknowledge that riding reduces stress and anxiety levels noticeably.

Opportunities for this type of therapy are very limited in inner city areas. Vauxhall City Farm aims to provide a flexible, friendly and special needs aware environment that all children can benefit from, particularly those who would never normally have the opportunity to learn to ride.

Riding Centre Manager, Linda Hines said “without continuity of funding we would not be able to provide the services to help these children, so we’re extremely grateful to the Axis Foundation for all the support. Last year we provided 1505 lessons for disabled young people. 

Vauxhall City Farm has been described as an Oasis in the City and has been financially supported by Axis and the Axis Foundation for over six years. The facility includes a free of charge urban city farm in Lambeth that allows inner-city children to come face to face with animals and wildlife they would rarely see. 

Project feedback...

“The Axis Foundation grant was used to help support our Riding for the Disabled Project and in the last year we have managed to give 1484 riding for the disabled lessons to 122 clients.

Without the support from The Axis Foundation we would never have been able to achieve this and make a difference to the lives of our clients. Thank you.”

Linda Hinds, Riding Centre Manager at Vauxhall City Farm