Donation helps North London horse therapy group work with vulnerable young people

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A North London project which encourages vulnerable people to make positive changes in their lives through working with horses has received a cash boost from a regional builder.

Strength and Learning Through Horses received a £1,000 donation from Persimmon Homes North London through its Community Champions project. Every month, the housebuilder donates up to £1,000 each to two groups or individuals through the match-funded scheme.

The group, based in Edgware, offers an alternative to traditional therapies for young, vulnerable people with mental health, behavioural or learning difficulties by helping them begin to make positive changes in their lives through working with horses.

Over a year, hundreds of youngsters can pass through the stable doors to benefit from equine-assisted therapy, education or work experience programmes, holiday clubs and after-school clubs.

Spokeswoman Louise Gibson said: “Clients learn how horses are an amazing mirror for human emotions and that how they react to them reflects their interactions with people and situations in other areas of their lives.

“Learning to adapt their behaviour around horses gives them confidence and insight that they never thought possible. Attending the education programmes gives them a chance to learn life skills, such as self-discipline, perseverance, time-keeping, leadership and teamwork.

“We fundraise continually to support our work and we are very grateful to Persimmon Homes North London for making us their Community Champion.”

Damian Seddon, director-in-charge at Persimmon Homes North London, said: “We are delighted that we could support the invaluable work of Strength and Learning Through Horses in this way.”

To nominate and to find out about the terms and conditions people can visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity

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