Our aim is to provide riding for people with disabilities in an inclusive, safe and supportive environment that will allow each individual to achieve their full potential. To provide this service we depend on our committed group of staff and volunteers and input from families and personal assistants. In addition we depend on contributions by able-bodied individuals and clubs also making use of our facilities.
We have limited funding from user fees, we rely on additional fundraising and donations to subsidise the cost of lessons.
“Some of the children from Sketchley & Forest House Schools who all have Autism have been accessing the services of Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Equestrian Centre for a number of months now. The service including the friendly and professional staff are responsible for assisting the children in building their confidence and reducing anxiety levels over time. The activity of horse riding is an invaluable resource in helping children with their sensory processing disorders and huge in increasing motor control, stamina and core strength often affected by the senses not working efficiently. The improvement in the children’s motor co-ordination, their confidence and their social skills has been a significant factor in enhancing their abilities at school.”
Alison Stapel (Occupational Therapist) & Emma Bursill (OT Assistant)
Sketchley School, Hinckley
The Centre works across the spectrum of disabilities, age range, social status and environments. Our focus is to ensure that each individual is given the chance to derive a direct therapeutic benefit and the opportunity to achieve their full potential; whether that be sitting with support astride a pony and riding down one side of the arena or competing at Paralympic dressage level.
The NNWEC has three key objectives:
- Developing and supporting opportunities for therapy
- Developing and supporting opportunities for achievement
- Enabling physical activity and enjoyment
The NNWEC gives all its riders the opportunity to reach therapeutic goals and personal ambitions, to develop life skills and often to combat social isolation. Riders are also encouraged to develop a caring attitude and to connect with our wonderful and specially trained horses and ponies, without which the Centre could not deliver its valuable service.
“I have been coming to Galley Common to ride for a few months now, horse riding helps me to get over a lot of my emotional difficulties linked to my autism. I feel that the horses and I when I ride, are at one and I can fully trust them. The staff are amusing, friendly, funny, patient and understanding.”
Sharnai Fletcher- Hartshorn
16 year old student at Forest House.
The NNWEC has six core values, which underpin all our activities:
- To provide a high quality service in all it does
- To value the input of people at all levels and to be positive about their achievements – whether as a rider, volunteer, learner or staff member
- To emphasise the importance of training and achievement for all riders, volunteers, learners and staff members
- To value the input of participants in deciding its future
- To be accessible to all – whether as a rider, learner or as a volunteer
- To be professionally run, communicating openly at all levels and to be financially transparent
“Nuneaton & North Warwickshire Equestrian and Disabled Riding Centre have delivered an excellent service for our complex needs/ disabled pupils from Independent Educational Services. Our pupils have ADHD/ Autism as well as some pupils having Global Development Delay. All pupils who have taken part in riding lessons and / or therapy sessions have been engaged, enthused and have learned a range of skills – including interpersonal skills, caring for ponies and horses, and being able to listen to instructions. Staff and the centre have always been extremely patient and understanding, and enjoy working with our pupils. This makes all the difference, and we continue to have pupils opt in to the sessions the centre delivers. Thank you to your team!”
Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Sandra Haddon Centre Manager will be happy to answer your questions or give you a tour of the centre should you wish to visit.
Call Sandra on 024 7639 2397 or 07960 209562 or email her on email@example.com