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Changing Lives Through Horses and Dogs

CHANGING LIVES THROUGH HORSES & DOGS perfect for young people who don’t quite fit into mainstream school and who would thrive in an environment such as ours.

Currently we are providing a 16-hour week which is broken down into 4 daily sessions of 4 hours. Each session is made up of a 2 hour training session towards BHS qualifications and then 2 hours work experience where each participant will gain relevant skills and experience from working in a farm type environment and riding school.

The course that we are working towards is designed for beginners so it is not important for the young person to have any experience working with horses, dogs or the outdoors, they simply have to show a desire to be in this environment.

It is also not necessary for the young person to learn to ride a horse although this is certainly an option and in our experience, a big attraction for being on this course.

Changing Lives Through Dogs

We are also offering a ‘DOG’ course for young people who love being around dogs. On this course, we will be providing instruction in dog grooming, dog walking and doggy care.

These projects can be made as flexible as possible to suit an individuals’ needs, and we can adapt the sessions accordingly. We would however recommend that weekly attendance is necessary to ensure good progression and continuity of learning.

Our Vision

‘To support people to develop the skills,and the desire, to return to education and/or employment’

We passionately believe that horses have a remarkable role to play in the help available to young people when more traditional methods have failed them. The equestrian environment provides a powerful way of inspiring young people to connect, improve well-being and become productive members of society.

With our 531 British Horse Society Approved Riding Centres in the UK, supported by more than 20,000 BHS Instructors, we intend to bring this formidable infrastructure to the forefront of helping young people connect into society through education and employment.

Changing Lives through Horses is a new educational programme which will be shaped over time to provide a wholly sustainable intervention which will change the lives of those it reaches.

Our Mission

The BHS will work in partnership to deliver a programme which meets the needs of disengaged young people, to change their lives through the development of key life skills, and engage them back into society. The success of the programme will be measured through the evidence of change within key skill areas. We will be led by the following core principles:

  • To change lives through horses, dogs or dance
  • To be sustainable
  • To build effective partnerships to create a world class educationinitiative
  • To be knowledge based
  • To nurture now for the future

Who to contact

0161 969 5853
Changing Lives Through Horses and Dogs
Related Organisation
Carrington Riding Centre

Where to go

Venue Address
Nursery Farm
Isherwood Road
M31 4BH
Venue Notes

By Road (from M60)

We are situated just off Junction 8 of the M60. Once off the motorway, follow the A6144 until you come to the second crossroads, take the left (CRC is signposted at this junction) and follow this down until you come to a left turn at the end. A barrier prevents you from travelling further down Isherwood Rd after this turn (so you have to turn left).

Public Transport

Our farm is accessible by bus. Buses: 241, 243 and 255 run to the nearest bus stop. It is then a 15-20 minute walk down Isherwood Rd to the farm.

Tom Tom

Alternatively, if you use a Tom Tom, our address is:

Nursery Farm, Isherwood Rd, Carrington, M314BH

 Please be aware that while this will bring you into our vicinity, it is not likely to bring you directly to the doorstep. Please familiarise yourself with the map(above) before setting off.

When is it on?

Days & Times
We can be flexible on times and days between 10am-2pm, Monday –Friday.

Who is it for?

Supporting People With
Becoming older
Learning disability
Mental health
Autistic Spectrum
Challenging Behaviour
Hearing impairment
Visual impairment
Eligibility Details

The programme will be aimed at young people in secondary school education who would be more suited to an alternative provision to mainstream school. 

How to use this service

Referral Required?
Referral Details

If the young person is currently in mainstream education, the school can refer for Changing Lives. 

If you would like any further information or are not currently in education, please contact Ali to discuss and for referrals. 

Cost Information
We understand that schools are already under financial pressure so we intend to keep the costs to a minimum in the hope that it will be affordable. The minimum cost per 4-hour session would be £35. This would include 4 hours of tuition, and hire of essential equipment. The minimum cost per 4-hour for a One to Two session would be £50 + VAT. This would include 4 hours of tuition and hire of safety hat in a group of up to 2. The minimum cost per 4-hour for a One to One session would be £100 + VAT. This would include 4 hours of tuition and hire of safety hat.

How accessible is this service?

Further Details

There is a weight limit of 13 stone for riders. 

Riders have to be physically able to get on and off horses. 

Last updated date:
09 January 2020

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