Are you a woman who has lived experience of disadvantaged?
Maybe you are unemployed, claiming benefits, living in or have recently left refuge, are a single parent who struggles to fund child care or don’t have access to transport. Maybe you have a disability or mental health issue or you have lived through violence, abuse or other trauma.
Do you love horses and want to help people?
Would you like an all expenses paid scholarship to train to as an Equine Assisted Learning Practitioner?
Then the Leg Up Program is for you! Please read the information below and then email for a scholarship application.
Funded by the National Lottery Lived Experience Leader Pilot Program which provides grants that enable organisations to put people with first-hand experience of social issues in the lead the Leg Up Program will enable women from backgrounds of multiple disadvantage to apply to have their training, child care and transport costs funded so that they can be given a leg-up into the industry, emerging as highly skilled, highly trained therapeutic horsemanship practitioners who can use their own life experience to change the lives of others
.A major issue in the therapeutic horsemanship industry as a whole is that all too often the backgrounds and life experiences of the practitioners do not reflect those of our clients. Horses are synonymous with privilege but their life-changing benefits should be for everyone.
application deadlines for 2020
Women with lived experience of disadvantage are tough, compassionate, self-aware. They have all of the raw ingredients to become amazing therapeutic horsemanship practitioners who can effect great change in the world. Often, all that is holding them back is money and the opportunity to access training.
Now we are taking down the barriers. Applications for this project re-open on the 4th of April 2020 and the deadline for all completed applications will be 4th of May 2020. If you think that you have what it takes, email for your scholarship application.
The Leg Up Program
Your Best Self.Are you stuck in a rut and not sure how to move forward? Do you struggle with confidence, communication or coping skills? Maybe you live with a mental health issue and traditional talk therapy just is not working. Are you dealing with trauma or do you simply need some help with life's every day stresses? Horses make the best therapist and teachers. Whatever you are dealing with, a horse can help.
Horses are calm, non judgemental and able to help all of us to uncover our best selves. When they work alongside trained facilitators in an Equine Assisted Activities session or a qualified instructor in a therapeutic riding session, they can teach us essential life skills, help us to communicate more clearly and give us tools to cope with whatever life throws at us.
If you think that you, or someone you know, can benefit from spending time with horses, but money is an issue, our sister charity The Trot On Trust can help. Its mission is to provide opportunities for interaction with horses that help people move forwards positively in their lives.
Every year the trust provides a small number of bursaries so that people in times of transition can access the life-changing benefits of horses so that they do not fall through gaps in provision, particularly families transitioning through trauma, women and girls who are recovering from abuse or leaving violent situations, young people transitioning into or out of education and children transitioning into or out care. You can apply for one of these bursaries and, if you are eligible, access our services totally free of charge. Please contact us for more details.