Noah's Ark Centre

Treflys, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9YL

The Noah's Ark Centre was created in North Wales by Lindsey and Iain Crosbie in 2017. Their long term aim was always to hand the running over to former service users as they believe that people with lived experience of disadvantage are uniquely qualified to help others battling the same issues. In early 2020, that dream came to fruition. Many buildings are named after an important person but this Gwynedd centre is named after a very important pony. Noah was one of our first therapy ponies and, when we lost him in summer 2017, we decided to create something lasting in his memory.  At the time, we were becoming increasingly desperate for an indoor space where we could run sessions in the worst of North Wales' weather. We literally needed a place 'for to get out of the rain'! Back then, Noah's Ark was a derelict and dilapidated range of barns that had not been in consistent use for decades. 

With the help of our volunteers and grants from Tesco, the Co Op and Screwfix, we began its transformation into a small community equestrian centre, small being the operative word. Our team dug decades of cow muck out of the barn and installed an arena surface, we fixed gutters, we painted walls, we put up fences and we dug drainage ditches. 

The facilities there now include:

  • An indoor arena 

  • Round pen

  • Parking area 

  • Waiting room 

  • Office

  • Staff room

  • Stables 

  • Forest school area. 

The Noah's Ark Centre is unique in that it is run by the community for the benefit of the community. Under the guidance of Becky Gogna, the centre is now run by a CIC called With Gobaith and staffed with volunteers who all have lived experience of disadvantage. With Horses CIC accredited practitioner and instructor training courses are regularly held at the Noah's Ark Centre and the Leg Up Program is based there.

For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11