Hand of Hope
Hand of Hope collaboration between NLHC and Bethal Christian Fellowship. Finding peace in life's chaos. Let the horses help you walk through the Valley of Weeping and find joy again in your everyday life.
This is a new initiative based on the findings of the study in Frome (Guardian, 21/2/18) on the importance of community organisations in treating and preventing chronic illness. We have been approached as partners by local GP practises who suggested the value of this work to us. We hope to offer a rolling programme of support for patients’ wellbeing in small groups. We operate on a secluded site on the outskirts of Exeter providing people with peace and quiet and therapeutic time with horses. In Frome it was found that signposting patients to community organisations reduced hospital admissions and improved community health. The aim is to break the cycle of isolation, misery and depression that leads to increased medical intervention.
Stay Safe Natural Horsemanship for Young Learners
This is an project for a core young people with disabilities giving them the opportunity to learn from the ponies. There is a special emphasis on teaching ground skills and developing an understanding of communication between horse and human. From experience, we have observed that all young people with disabilities such as Autism, Selective Mutism, Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, Anxiety, Depression and Learning Difficulties, are able to grasp simple ground skill techniques. We are not a riding school, however young people are taught how to ride using a halter and bareback pad.
Art at New Life Horse Care Sanctuary
All projects here, challenge society's perception that the only way to communicate is verbally. All learners are given the opportunity to express themselves through art whether it's drawing, painting, creative writing or sculpture. Currently the Whisper's Song artwork created by six learners with special needs is on display in a local church. There are plans underway to extend the art practice at New Life Horse Care Sanctuary.