EAQ Dyfi Donkeys Equine Assisted Learning
Contact: Louise Peeters
Telephone: 07717 020344
About EAQ Dyfi Donkeys Equine Assisted Learning
EAQ Dyfi Donkeys is situtated in a rural location at Commins Coch near Machynlleth and serves the communities in North Powys, North East Ceredigion and South Gwynedd, Wales.
The centre offers equine assisted learning with 11 donkeys ranging in age from 4 to 25 of all sizes and colours. They live together on 45 acres of mixed pasture, paddocks and woodlands.
The donkeys have access to covered sheds and a stable yard which is ideal for sessions during inclement weather. There is also a large canopied outdoor classroom located in the woodland which is used in the summertime and a 20x40m sand school.
The centre specialises in working with children, young people and adults with learning and behavioural difficulties as well as adults with mental ill-health.
Louise Peeters runs the centre and completed her facilitator training in 2017 and is an EAQ Certified Facilitator. Louise speaks Welsh as well as English and can provide equine assisted learning sessions in either language.
The centre has staff who are able to work with learners in Welsh or English and specialises in working with children, young people and adults with learning and behavioural difficulties as well as adults with mental ill-health.
EAQ Dyfi Donkeys is able to offer national qualifications at Entry 3 and Level 1 in a range of subjects including employability and animal care through EAQ’s accreditation with OCNLR.
“Louise held a friendly relaxed space with a real openness to allow us to just try things out and experiment." J
Darcy’s Equine Assisted Learning CIC
Chapelton, Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, Scotland ML10 6RR
Contact: Eileen Mathieson
Darcy’s Equine Assisted Learning CIC
Darcy’s is a not for profit organisation based in Chapelton, South Lanarkshire which is only 9 miles from Glasgow.
Owner, Eileen Mathieson has a qualification in social care and has been a foster carer for many years. She is an EAQ Certified Facilitator and is currently continuing her professional development by working towards the new Level 4 Certificate in Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning. Eileen is supported by Georgia, Gill and Anne who have all completed their specialist EAQ training.
The horses live out in the Scottish hillside and there is a commitment to an outdoor, herd-based approach to horse care. There are other animals too, including chickens, sheep and dogs. Sessions are tailored to meet the needs of each individual and can be arranged on days and at times to suit you, including Saturdays. Courses run during term-time and in the holidays. There is no riding involved.
Sessions need to be booked in advance and can be organised on a one-to-one or small group basis. Staff will help you to plan the length and number of sessions and understand that everyone is different. There are lots of activities involving the horses, from approaching one in a field to grooming and leading. You might also be able to take part in painting, collage, 3D modelling or preparing food for yourself or the horses!
The centre specialises in working with children and young people, those who are looked-after, particularly those who have social, emotional, communication or behavioural difficulties.
Darcy's is able to offer qualifications in employability, animal husbandry and animal handling through EAQ’s external accreditations with SQA, IiP and OCNLR.
EAQ Grass Roots
Church Farm, Crowhurst Lane, Crowhurst, Surrey, RH7 6LR
Contact: Fiona House
Telephone: 07498 551262
About EAQ Grass Roots
EAQ Grass Roots is an EAQ approved centre located on a small farm in Crowhurst, Surrey. With our horses’ and dogs’ assistance, we facilitate sessions using specialist communication techniques that help our learners to move into self-directed activity and enable them to recognise and meet their own needs.
EAQ Grass Roots offers equine assisted learning sessions to children and young people who:
- may not be in full time mainstream education
- may have been excluded from school
- will benefit from a different approach to learning
- need different levels of support
- may have complex diagnosis including learning difficulties, social, emotional and behavioural needs, ASD, PDA, school refusal.
We take a person-centred approach that encourages experiential learning, and we produce a unique programme for each individual that facilitates and develops academic learning, self-awareness and energy regulation, amongst other things. Programmes can include working towards nationally recognised qualifications from Entry Level to Level 3 including a Level 1 Certificate for Skills for Professions in Animal Care.
Our sessions predominantly take place outdoors, but our centre does have some undercover and indoor spaces too.
Autism / ADHD / dyslexia / learning difficulties / SEBD / bullying / corporate / /looked-after / schools / education / excluded from school / mental health / unemployed / depression / eating disorders / therapy / professional development / self esteem / self confidence
The centre is able to offer qualifications including employability and animal care through EAQ’s accreditation with OCNLR.
"We have used Fiona’s services on and off for a couple of years. For us, horses have been magical. Fiona is very gentle and encouraging, and I would highly recommend her." Parent
"B is a different boy on the days he comes to see you. His smile and happy voice for the rest of that day means the world to me. Thank you both for everything you have done so far for B." Parent
"I simply can’t speak highly enough for the work you’ve been doing with one of our students!" SEN Officer, West Sussex
"Grassroots was a massive stabilising factor for L over the last year." Child and Family Care Worker
"I want to start with Wow WoW WOW, you guys are just awesome!!! So so intuitive with our children and the whole time we spent with you was just fantastic. We are so extremely grateful for making us all feel so welcomed yesterday. The activities were pitched perfectly and your ethos is awesome,". Down Syndrome Development Trust
"this is why I come, to get muddy and to feel free!" Learner, 7 yrs old
EAQ Mid Somerset
Hillside, Gaunts, Pawlett, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 4SS
Contact: Anne Warner
Telephone: 07920 395317
About EAQ Mid Somerset
EAQ Mid Somerset is based just outside Pawlett near Bridgwater and has been running since 2017. The centre has wonderful views over the Quantock Hills, the Pawlett Hams and the estuary of the River Parrett. Learners are able to take the horses for a walk along the fields and beside the river. Sessions are available for children and young people who are looked-after or who are finding school difficult as well as for those who simply want to learn more about themselves. The horses live together as a herd in a wonderful outdoor environment. There is no riding involved.
Sessions are tailored to the needs of each individual and the staff use an experiential, person-centred approach which enables learners to develop their skills in their own way and at their own pace.
The centre is run by Hillside and Hams Ltd, a not for profit organisation led by Anne Warner, who was one of the first in the UK to complete the Level 4 Certificate in Facilitating Equine Assisted Learning and is now an EAQ Advanced Facilitator.
EAQ Mid Somerset offers equine assisted learning for children and young people with:
- social, emotional and behavioural difficulties
- low self-esteem and self-confidence
- attachment difficulties
- autism spectrum conditions
- learning difficulties
- and those who are excluded or close to exclusion from school.
Sessions are also available as part of a personal self-development programme for corporate clients and for adults with acquired brain injury or mental ill health.
EAQ Mid Somerset is able to offer accredited OCNLR units and qualifications at Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2 including functional skills, employability and animal care through EAQ's accreditation with OCNLR. EAQ's last review of the centre was 28th July 2017.
EAQ Manor Farm
Manor Farm, Stocklinch, Somerset
Contact: Kerry Roberts
Telephone: 01460 394375
About EAQ Manor Farm
EAQ Manor Farm is based on a farm in Stocklinch, near Ilminster, Somerset. The centre has four horses and ponies, an indoor arena and warm indoor space for when the weather is cold or wet. As well as equine assisted learning, there are lots of other activities including den building, arts and crafts.
There are three facilitators at the centre, led by Kerry Roberts who is also a trained teacher and maths specialist.
The centre works mainly with children and young people who are finding it hard to learn within a traditional education setting, particularly those who struggle with maths. There are sessions to increase self esteem and self confidence, learn areas of the curriculum such as maths, English, science and ICT. Sessions are also available for adults, carers and corporate groups.
- Excluded from school
- Struggling with curriculum areas particularly maths.
EAQ Manor Farm is able to offer accredited OCNLR units and qualifications at Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2 including functional skills, employability and animal care through EAQ's accreditation with OCNLR. EAQ's last review of the centre was 28th July 2017.